I have always said journalism absolutely needed the psychology.
Not just here, or in my books.
Even before that.
That came about because the editor came across the speech I gave at McMaster University, and it had been reprinted in full at one time on the university’s website.
I also said it elsewhere:
Writing while female is a terrible affliction because you are not taken seriously. You can have experience, education, and skill…but will be dismissed by a man who gets offended that you see something he doesn’t.
I find that people who warn others about potential problems get dismissed, whether they are men or women, but women have a harder road, most often because there is an assumption that women are delicate little flowers with little real-life experience or analytical understanding, let alone vision or gravitas.
Not buying that propaganda.
For years, I have been sounding the alarm bell on the inevitable collapse of journalism.
Then it happened.
You don’t point out trouble if you hate a profession: you do it because you love it and can see the troubles you don’t want that profession to needlessly suffer.
But journalism has always been overrun by a patriarchal and sexist mindset: get rid of those two rigs, and then things can turnaround.
But you also need the psychology.
Because there is no journalism without it.
Journalism is applied psychology.
How many nuances are missed because journalists weren’t schooled in psych.
It is the Rosetta Stone to understanding a lot of human behaviour.
Kids eating Tide Pods?
The excuse may be that it is a “challenge”…
But it is also pica. A psychiatric issue that needs to be monitored.
It is an excuse, the way a closeted anorexic using “dieting” or “fitness” to hide their starvation, or someone with substance abuse issues uses the excuse of partying and fitting in with a crowd to drink and do drugs.
We often miss the obvious warning signs, dismissing them as crazy kids’ stuff.
When you are a journalist with no core in psychology, you run along with that piece of folksy logic.
When you have a psych degree, you find a line of inquiry.
How do people hide their problems? How do they find outlets to express them…all with a semi-reasonable cover story?
Psychology unlocks worlds and worlds within worlds.
It goes beyond scratching the surface: it takes you right into the core of reality to explore the deepest truths of the universe.
But journalism never even started before it collapsed.