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Editorial Policy for PPND Requires No Politics

written by Editor S.M. 1 August 2008

Senia Maymin is the founder and editor-in-chief of PositivePsychologyNews.com. She was the series editor for the Positive Psychology News book series that recently published the first book, Resilience: How to Navigate Life's Curves. (Bio, Articles)

An article went out to readers today which is against our Editorial Policy. Our Editorial Policy requires no politics on this site, and we are sorry that the political article went out. Our internal Editorial Policy has been publicly posted here.

Senia Maymin, senia@PositivePsychologyNews.com
Editor-in-Chief, Positive Psychology News Daily

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Carol Tavris 2 August 2008 - 1:36 pm

I went to this website to see Iris Marie Bloom’s article on Jane Mayer’s book on torture, because apparently she cites my book with Elliot Aronson, “Mistakes were made(but not by me).” Is this the article that was “disappeared” from your website because it is about “politics”? If so, I am horrified. I am a social psychologist and textbook author, and I know all about the positive psychology movement. But to promote a kind of “positive psychology” that requires us all to bury our heads in the sand and not think “unpleasant thoughts” about devastating events and political policies that affect all of us, is no service to humanity–or individuals.

Editor S.M. 2 August 2008 - 4:31 pm


We didn’t remove the article because it includes unpleasant topics. We have many dark side of life articles on this side including here, here, here, and here, and you can see others at our table of contents.

We removed the article because it was against our Editorial Policy. The policy is not new for this article. There are plenty of places for people to debate political issues. This is not one of them.

This website does not speak for all of positive psychology. We are a research-based website focused on positive psychology results that can be useful to our readers.

Thank you for your opinion because it allows us to clarify,



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