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Sunday, March 2, 2014
Psychology Today's "Dear Abby" Unethical in Advice to Reader
Letter to the Editor: T
In regard to her column in the April 2014 issue of Psychology Today, Hara Estroff Marano was out-of-line. The reader asked for help in getting "the spark" back in her relationship with a man she obviously loves. Ms. Marano was not only incompetent and unprofessional in her response, she was unethical. I'm not sure what her qualifications are, but based on previous columns and this, she apparently does not answer to a code of ethics.
Her judgmental "advice", something a licensed clinician who adheres to a code of ethics would never offer, was appalling. Take a six-month break, date other people, better qualities? This poor woman has the values and motivation most people should emulate, loyalty and respect toward the man she loves, and all the "fraud" you apparently allow to dole out advice in your magazine can do is recommend bailing on the relationship?
Ms. Marano obviously does not know any better, but you as editor of such a popular and influential national publication should know better than to allow this type of garbage to be published. Shame on you.