“The influence of narcissism on so many aspects of science calls into question [its] very objectivity.”
— Bruno Lamaitre, quoted in The Guardian
Lincoln Stoller, PhD, 2021. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International license (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) www.mindstrengthbalance.com
People who are academics tend toward the pretentious but express different attitudes in different fields. I used to wonder why some fields had exploitative hierarchies, and others less so. I assumed it had some functional or historical precedent. I now believe it’s personal: people are attracted to these fields because the professional behavior suits their personalities…
I’m glad I became a therapist. I now engage deeply with people with whom I have nothing in common and from whom I have nothing to gain, at least not directly. I gain indirectly by learning how people’s minds work; something scientists try to hide.
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