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No, study didn’t show that ‘mindfulness training doesn’t foster empathy or makes narcissists worse’

Many of us have become accustomed to extravagant claims about the benefits of mindfulness that turn out to be based on poor quality studies with inadequate control groups. We become skeptical about what we are told about the benefits of mindfulness. We’ve come to expect a lot of confirmation bias. Reactions to the study that […]

More signs the tide is turning: Vaughan Bell in The Lancet Psychiatry on routine data sharing

The PACE trial of cognitive behaviour therapy and graded exercise therapy for chronic fatigue syndrome has been enormously destructive of the campaign for open, more trustworthy science in the UK. With clear conflicts of interest, the investigators of one of the largest psychotherapy trials ever switched scoring of some outcomes and suppressed other outcomes altogether […]

Much of the discussion of the “conceptual penis” paper is flaccid

A lot of what is being written about "The conceptual penis as a social construct" paper is right wing, anti-intellectual nonsense. We should move on.

McDonaldization of Positive Psychology: On tour with Marty Seligman

Some scientist turn hucksters, making extravagant and seductive claims without sufficient corroborative evidence. Consumers are drawn in and pay the price, often without realizing that they have been had.

What Jon Kabat-Zinn’s trademarking of MBSR means for mindfulness training.

Jon Kabat Zinn trademarked the acronym for mindfulness-based stress reduction. This could be worth millions in training drone pilots.

The RCT of tango dancing versus mindfulness meditation for depression

If you aren't happy with your life, should you take up mindfulness meditation or some other activity – like tango dance?

McMindful: Make money as a mindfulness trainer, no background or weekend retreat required.

A web-based training package promises to turn anyone quickly into a mindfulness trainer, regardless of background or previous training. Promoters of the package claim it is backed by more science than its competitors.

Patients writing about their health condition were abused by a peer reviewer and silenced by The BMJ

Should patients submitting manuscripts concerning health conditions provide proof of their diagnoses, such as medical records or letters from their physicians? Should The BMJ apologize to these patients and their academic collaborator co-authors, given that no such apology has been forthcoming from the Action Editor?

Is your manuscript ready for uberized readers and radically changed journal websites?

Publishers are spending millions revamping journal websites. What were formerly simple portals where you accessed articles are being radically redesigned as online content delivery platforms. How does that affect your submission of manuscripts?

On receiving an offer to become a certified quack Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) Therapist

How could resist an offer to be certified as being able to gently and rapidly collapse recent and long-standing clinical issues?