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Benjamin, L.T., Jr. (2003). Why Can't Psychology Get a Stamp?. J. Appl. Psychoanal. Stud., 5(4):443-454.

(2003). Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies, 5(4):443-454

Why Can't Psychology Get a Stamp?

Ludy T. Benjamin, Jr., Ph.D.

In the latter half of the 1980s as the centennial of the American Psychological Association approached, the APA organized an effort to persuade the United States Postal Service to issue a stamp recognizing the contributions of psychology to the quality of life in America. That effort failed. The history of psychology and psychologists represented on stamps worldwide is described, as is a recent attempt to create a United States stamp focused on mental health. The failure of psychology to achieve recognition on a U. S. stamp is discussed in the context of the stigma of mental illness and the public image of psychology.

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