Monthly Archives: February 2011

Legal Capacity Assessments in the Elderly

Here is a presentation I am giving to geriatric psychiatry residents at UH Medical School this Friday. The presentation focuses on the basic procedures and concepts in conducting legal capacity assessments in the elderly. Legal Capacity Assessments in the Elderly Marvin W. Acklin, PhD, ABPP Department of Psychiatry JABSOM Honolulu, Hawaii February 25, 2010  It is […]

Who gets PTSD and Why?

You may have heard about the new “positive psychology” approach to dealing with the psychological injuries endured by combat vets. The latest American Psychologist has a full edition devoted to “Comprehensive Soldier Fitness” (2011, 66, 1, 1-86).  I eagerly went to it, with an interest in their view of who gets PTSD and why? Results? Not […]

Psychology and the Human Condition III (last)

So what does psychology contribute to our understanding of the human condition? What does psychology contribute to our understanding of solutions to human problems?  Better, how does psychology address your understanding of the human situation? Very little I fear.  I often use the term “human predicament,” but this carries the critical supposition that there is something […]

Psychology and the Human Condition II

If I had to rely on psychology for what I know about people, it would be pitifully thin. Sources that I have found useful in my understanding of the human condition, including freedom, guilt, and responsibility: Homer,  Sophocles, Aeschylus, Ovid, Augustine, Old and New Testaments (especially the Gospels), St. Paul (esp., the Letter to the […]

Psychology and the Human Condition

Does psychology address the human condition?  A recent post of the American Psychology-Law Society listserve noted the limitations of psychology education in undestanding foundational issues in the law, e.g., criminal responsibility.  I responded in part as follows: Few psychologists have studied cultural history, philosophy, or ethics that serve as a foundation for understanding concepts of […]