Certification of Psychologists by the American Board of Professional Psychology

  • Peter Nelson Mayfield


We psychologists are human—human first and psychologists only secondarily. As such, we have undertaken to sublimate and control such powerful human emotions as greed, lust, and envy in the service of becoming professional psychologists. Yet professional training in psychology is not likely to strengthen emotional controls over primitive instincts, nor is such training designed to correct significant flaws in character development. Newly created psychologists vary widely in the degree to which they have acquired emotional maturity and strength of character. Moreover, the skills acquired during professional training are learned to varying levels of proficiency. Some psychology students have more aptitude than others, some work harder at learning to be psychologists than others, some go through better training programs and have better role models, and some work harder at maintaining their professional skills once formal training is completed.


Oral Examination Work Sample Assessment Center Professional Psychology Regional Board 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Nelson Mayfield
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  1. 1.Private Practice of Clinical PsychologyAtlantaUSA

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