Reinhold Messner once said: I am what I do. This is a good excuse not to write about myself but to show myself through what I do – books, articles, research findings, opinions and other accomplishments. If, however, there is a need to write about oneself, Messner’s statement is also a good starting point to write without falling into the trap of one’s own opinions and projections. I am, therefore, first and foremost a psychologist/writer, as writing has been taking up a great deal of my energy and time in recent years. I write about psychology and allied disciplines. My writing is accompanied by a deep concern about the future of my branch of science. On the one hand I am convinced that what is valuable in science has become so elitist that it is beyond the reach of an average person; on the other hand charlatans and tricksters take advantage of this, preying on the misfortune and ignorance of others. In my books I try to bring science closer to the average reader. My latest project, called Forbidden Psychology, is an attempt at ‘cleansing’ psychology of trickery. Will I succeed? Time will tell… If Messner’s statement also holds true in the past tense, i.e. I am also what I did, I am also an academic researcher and teacher. For many years I worked at the Institute of Psychology at University of Wroclaw. I spent a fascinating year at the Institute of Psychology at Bielefeld University in Germany, where I was honoured to meet distinguished social psychologists. I spent some time doing research at University of Hildesheim, also in Germany, and more recently I worked at Warsaw School of Social, for a few years. Lately I’ve established cooperation with University of Malta. At present I teach classes and give lectures at universities only sporadically. However, all these years were enough to fill me with empiricism and scepticism, which never leave me. Moreover I am the founder of the Polish Skeptics Club. In 2010 I was awarded as a Rationalist of the Year in Poland. See also my:
who is RAinhold Messner?
Probably the greatest climber in history. Please, find more about him here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reinhold_Messner
Hi Tomasz, my name is Alessandro, I am an Italian scientific journalist. I am writing a piece on psychotherapy, is there any email address I can reach you at?
Dear Tomasz Witkowski,
Please take a look at these studies as well. I would love to know what you think about them and if you’d care to write more about the matter.
Anil van der Zee
thank you very much for this. Certainly, I will have a look. They seem to be intriguing.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read them. Let me know what you think about them.
You write about the dark side of sciences (psychology), but you miss dark organizations? America is turning into a toxic dark organization now. I got this from reading Howard Stein and Linstead et al and others.
Hello Dr. Witkowski. I very much enjoyed your recent article in Areo on subtractive epistemology. I would like to discuss various aspects of the paper with you. All the best, Christopher.