Mental health experts beware- or beware of mental health experts

Courtesy of the Research Digest of the British Psychological Society, the article “Feeling like you’re an expert can make you close minded,” published online on 11-12-15. This brief article summarizes recent research on how we accrue knowledge and experience, and found a common pattern which higher levels of expertise are associated with a lack of open-mindedness.

A few potential takeaways:  if you find yourself thinking of yourself as “an expert” (such as in some area of mental health), be sure to do at least an occasional check on your openness to other ideas.  Or, when dealing with colleagues who view themselves as “experts,” beware of potential closed-mindedness.

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