Mess, Broom

Just a quick note on (responses to) Fiske, now that her pre-publication peer(?) reviewed opinion piece has hit the web. Much has been said about various aspects of it; I just wanted to highlight this clever post because it captured my feelings so well:

mess-broom

Sometimes (according to Fiske), people talk about giving up psychological research because they are scared the methodological terrorists will come for them.

Sometimes (according to many people on PsychMAP), people talk about giving up psychological research because they feel the state of the field is absolutely terrible.

If I talk about giving up psychological research, it’s only ever because of both: I feel the state of the field is terrible, and I’m scared that I can’t be as good (at fixing it) as the methodological freedom fighters demand.

Those are the hardest days.


(Then I usually go on to remember some good things about the field as well, and some effective things I am capable of doing after all. That helps. And just in case there was any doubt: I am not planning on giving up any time soon.)

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