Deb Frisch Does Understatement
You might find it queer that a psychologist who studies stereotypes would have such strange stereotypes. But there's more than a grain of truth in the stereotype that psychologists study things that are problematic for them. For example, I study decision making and have a lot of trouble making decisions. I feel ambivalent about most decisions. And most people I know (including me) would say I have a tendency to make bad decisions.
But wait, there's more...

In the past, my critiques of Danny and Amos have been kind of snarky. This is partly due to the fact that I was denied tenure by the University of Oregon, in part because some outside reviewers called my critique of their research “confused” and “unsophisticated.” It’s partly due to frustration and irritation at how they dismiss and/or distort the views of other critics, especially Lola. And it’s partly due to anti-Zionist feelings I’ve had since September 11. This combination of personal, professional and political reasons makes me nastier than necessary. After 911, I got into the idea that my current status in academia (migrant professor) is analogous to being a Palestinian in Israel. The only difference is, I used to be a Jew (tenure-track professor). But somehow, in my mind, I’ve started to identify with Palestinians and Iraqis and this increases my desire to throw metaphorical rocks at K&T.
posted by Justin on 07.08.06 at 11:55 PM










Comments

Ever wonder what would happen if someone surgically removed their sense of perspective?

That is what would happen.

j.d.   ·  July 9, 2006 1:05 AM

Oh I get it... now that she identifies with Palestinians she has an overwhelming desire to kill Jewish toddlers...

Sure... makes perfect sense now.

DANEgerus   ·  July 9, 2006 2:56 AM

Good job, Justin, on the research.

I linked you at Kesher Talk

Anonymous   ·  July 9, 2006 10:10 AM

I guess it would be hard for her to make decisions if everything that happens to her is somebody else's fault.

pikkumatti   ·  July 9, 2006 11:09 PM

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