What you Call Something Matters
We can and should care for people better than this.
A Plea for Open-Mindedness in the Beforemath ⇲
• those whose skills provide them with sufficient immunity to quackery probably already know all of this stuff; while in contrast,
• those who sacrifice the data to save their speculations will likely reject everything that is written here and wander away unscathed.
• I agree with you about the aspects that have value, such as supporting a person’s use of unconventional language (whether as their volitional selection among accessible alternatives, or as a compensatory strategy); and
• I agree that imitation occurs within GLP (albeit no such repetition can be functionally attributed to “delayed echolalia”); however,
• I disagree with the description of “gestalt language processors” as cognizing actual gestalts (given that they are using unconventionally long phrases precisely because they have not yet accessed the ability to segment that time-series into the parts from which a gestalt emerges); and, finally,
• I take exception to the commercial blood-letting of “interception” for selfish consumerization (which is contemptible in a therapeutic community).
Please remain open minded (for a while at least).
Recipe for Snake Oil
The Slick Pitch
• “The research is still in progress.”
• “All we need now is the research.”
• “Evidence-Based Practice denies an individual’s lived experience.”
• “I’ve been doing this for years. That’s all the evidence I need.”
• “I just couldn’t make my students wait that long to get (my) help.”
It’s Still a Duck
Purpose of this Tutorial
• help practitioners to recognize when their common-sense guesswork is leading them into quackery; and
• help potential victims to identify quackery before it bites them in their sensitive areas.
Respecting What you Don’t Know
Guideline #1: Consort with Wizards
Consult with the people whose domains you have visited in your speculations.
• “My friend said…”
• “I have a client who…”
• “I have a colleague who expressed an (equally uninformed) opinion…”
• “I don’t have a license in this area, or anything remotely close to the equivalent real-life experience enjoyed by a bona fide practitioner in this field, so I shall meaningfully involve someone who does have stuff like that.”
Guideline #2: Invite Criticism
Elicit feedback from people who tell you how very wrong you are.
Please do not overestimate your competence in your ability to avoid the DKE.