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Nancy Potter
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    How Can I Be Trusted?: A Virtue Theory of Trustworthiness.Nancy Nyquist Potter - 2002 - Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
    This work examines the concept of trust in the light of virtue theory, and takes our responsibility to be trustworthy as central. Rather than thinking of trust as risk-taking, Potter views it as equally a matter of responsibility-taking. Her work illustrates that relations of trust are never independent from considerations of power, and that asking ourselves what we can do to be trustworthy allows us to move beyond adversarial trust relationships and toward a more democratic, just, and peaceful society.
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  2. Voice, silencing, and listening well: socially located patients, oppressive structures, and an invitation to shift the epistemic terrain.Nancy Nyquist Potter - 2019 - In Şerife Tekin & Robyn Bluhm (eds.), The Bloomsbury Companion to Philosophy of Psychiatry. Bloomsbury Academic.
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    Narrative Selves, Relations of Trust, and Bipolar Disorder.Nancy Nyquist Potter - 2013 - Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology 20 (1):57-65.
  4. Personality Disorders: Moral or Medical Kinds—Or Both?Peter Zachar & Nancy Nyquist Potter - 2010 - Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology 17 (2):101-117.
    This article critically examines Louis Charland’s claim that personality disorders are moral rather than medical kinds by exploring the relationship between personality disorders and virtue ethics. We propose that the conceptual resources of virtue theory can inform psychiatry’s thinking about personality disorders, but also that virtue theory as understood by Aristotle cannot be reduced to the narrow domain of ‘the moral’ in the modern sense of the term. Some overlap between the moral domain’s notion of character-based ethics and the medical (...)
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    Empathic foundations of clinical knowledge.Nancy Nyquist Potter - 2013 - In K. W. M. Fulford (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Psychiatry. Oxford University Press.
    This chapter sets out several views of empathy that draw not only on psychology's literature but on philosophical and psychiatric writings. Empathy is a set of complex concepts involving perception, emotion, attitudinal orientation, and other cognitive processes as well as an activity that expresses character traits and, hence, one of the virtues. In other words, an examination of the philosophical and clinical literature reveals empathy to be not one unified concept but instead a set of related characteristics and qualities needed (...)
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    Loopholes, Gaps, and What is Held Fast.Nancy Nyquist Potter - 1996 - Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology 3 (4):237-254.
    This paper raises questions about who counts as a knower with regard to his or her own memories, what gets counted as a genuine memory, and who will affirm those memories within an epistemic community. I argue for a democratic epistemology informed by an understanding of relations of power. I investigate implications of the claim that knowledge is both social and political and suggest ways it is related to trust. Given the tendency of epistemology to draw lines that discriminate unfairly (...)
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    Doing Right and Being Good: What It Would Take for People Living with Autism to Flourish.Nancy Nyquist Potter - 2015 - Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology 22 (4):263-265.
    Furman and Tuminello raise a central question about people living with mental illness: What kind of life is possible for them? Can one live a flourishing life even when struggling with a mental disorder? The authors draw on research studies to argue that a technique called Applied Behavioral Analysis can improve the lives of children with autism. One study, from 1987, found that 47% of children exposed to ABA attained normal IQ levels, adaptive skills, and social skills, and other studies (...)
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    Civic Trust, Scientific Objectivity, and the Publicity Condition.Nancy Nyquist Potter - 2010 - American Journal of Bioethics 10 (8):57-58.
    Authors James Wilson and David Hunter (2010) take on the critics of research “overregulation,” defending institutional review boards (IRBs) and their role in research in three ways. According to Wi...
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    Moral Tourists and World Travelers: Some Epistemological Issues in Understanding Patients' Worlds.Nancy Nyquist Potter - 2003 - Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology 10 (3):209-223.
    Drawing on metaphors of travel and tourism, I distinguish between epistemological stances that clinicians can adopt when attempting to understand how patients experience their world and their illness. I argue for a particular stance, called world traveling, that involves a shift in clinicians' own commitments, perceptions, and values. I identify barriers to this model but also suggest ways a version of world traveling may be implemented.
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    Valid Moral Appraisals and Valid Personality Disorders.Peter Zachar & Nancy Nyquist Potter - 2010 - Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology 17 (2):131-142.
    We are thankful for the opportunity to reflect more on the difficult problem of the relationship between moral evaluations and the construct of personality disorders in response to the commentaries by Mike Martin and Louis Charland. We begin by emphasizing to readers that this important problem is complicated by the different perspectives of the various disciplines involved, especially, philosophy, psychiatry, and psychology. Incredulity, anger, and dismay are among the reactions we encountered in discussions of these issues, especially with some mental (...)
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    The Virtue of Epistemic Humility.Nancy Nyquist Potter - 2022 - Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology 29 (2):121-123.
    Ethics, including medical ethics, has historically paid insufficient attention to epistemic rights and wrongs. This neglect fails to recognize the ways ethics and epistemology are intertwined. In the past fifteen years or so, there has been an interest in epistemic issues in medical practices, relationships with patients, and what is called epistemic injustice. Miranda Fricker identifies a kind of epistemic wrong as an injustice and a harm because it diminishes the speaker's capacity of a knower and treats her as uncredible (...)
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    Aims, Methods, and Resources for Ethics Training.Rif El-Mallakh & Nancy Nyquist Potter - 2019 - Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology 26 (3):215-217.
    We are pleased with the thought-provoking discussion that our article has stimulated. All of the discussants agree that the state of education and infusion of ethical principles and practices into psychiatric decision making is currently suboptimal. The ethical questions raised by the discussants, writ large, have been analyzed, reduced to a seemingly manageable 'core,' or expanded to capture nuance and subtlety, and it is invaluable for clinicians, patients, and others to explore them together.In modern times, where the prevailing Western ethical (...)
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  13. 2. From the Editors From the Editors (pp. 1-10).Jennifer L. Hansen, Jennifer Radden, Nancy Nyquist Potter, Lisa Cosgrove, Carol Steinberg Gould, Gwen Adshead, Robyn Bluhm, Ginger A. Hoffman, Elleke Landeweer & Tineke A. Abma - 2011 - International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics 4 (1).
     
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    Commodity/Body/Sign: Borderline Personality Disorder and the Signification of Self-Injurious Behavior.Nancy Nyquist Potter - 2003 - Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology 10 (1):1-16.
    People diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) may engage in what are called self-injurious acts. This paper situates self-injury within a larger cultural context in which body modifications are differently evaluated according to inscribed meanings. To provide a framework for ethical interactions with people diagnosed as BPD who self-injure, I draw on two concepts from theories of meaning: signification and uptake. I suggest possible significations of self-injury, but argue that clinicians have a duty to give uptake to the patient's own (...)
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    In the Spirit of Giving Uptake.Nancy Nyquist Potter - 2003 - Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology 10 (1):33-35.
    In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content:Philosophy, Psychiatry, & Psychology 10.1 (2003) 33-35 [Access article in PDF] In the Spirit of Giving Uptake Nancy Nyquist Potter IT IS BOTH WONDERFUL and daunting to now be in the middle of a dialogical exchange on the messy and difficult topic of self-injury and how ethically to interact with patients who self-injure. It is wonderful that authors such as Carolyn Sargent have contributed very helpful examples from the (...)
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  16. The Mean for Understanding and Connection in the Clinical Context.Nancy Nyquist Potter - 2003 - Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology 10 (3):237-241.
    IN THINKING ABOUT the wonderfully helpful comments by Eric Cassell, Suzanne Jaeger, and Deborah Spitz, I find myself grappling with three central questions: How reliable a guide is world traveling? What kind of knowledge can be obtained by world traveling? and, What are the goals of treatment such that world traveling might be thought to serve a purpose? These questions arise from the insights, criticisms, and cautions the commentators provide, and I will weave together possible answers from ideas drawn from (...)
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    Embodied Agency and Habitual Selves.Nancy Nyquist Potter - forthcoming - Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology 20 (1):75-80.
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    Ethics Experts, Pedagogical Responsibilities, and Wishful Thinking: Revising the DSM.Nancy Nyquist Potter - 2017 - Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology 24 (3):203-206.
    Tamara Browne argues that many of the controversies that emerge in the process of revising DSMs could be solved by the creation of an Ethics Review Panel, similar to that of a research ethics committee. Members of such a panel would, in Browne's words, "help inform psychiatric classification". Browne's proposal is important on a number of levels, the most significant one being that it affirms the status of ethics as equal to that of science. An Ethics Review Panel would do (...)
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    Is the construct for human affiliation too narrow?Nancy Nyquist Potter - 2005 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 28 (3):363-364.
    The construct for affiliation in Depue & Morrone-Strupinsky's (D&M-S's) study is restricted to the interpersonal domain. This restriction is not found in other disciplines. It may be necessary in early stages of trait research. But the construct will need to be expanded to speak to the more complex, second-order affiliations of which humans are capable.
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    Memory and the Instituting Social Imaginary.Nancy Nyquist Potter - 2022 - Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology 29 (4):241-242.
    In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content:Memory and the Instituting Social ImaginaryNancy Nyquist Potter*, PhD (bio)Emily Walsh's Article on the way that colonialism is perpetuated in psychiatry through dominant collective memory is simultaneously exciting and challenging, and merits active engagement toward making changes (Walsh, 2022). This presents a challenge to clinicians to address entrenched, often subconscious, ways of being with and helping racialized people with historical memories and current experiences.Such changes are necessary in that (...)
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    Moral Evaluations and the Cluster B Personality Disorders.Nancy Nyquist Potter - 2013 - Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology 20 (3):217-219.
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    Oh Blame, Where Is Thy Sting?Nancy Nyquist Potter - 2011 - Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology 18 (3):225-230.
    I think that Hanna Pickard and I are in agreement that the dichotomy between ‘having’ and ‘not having’ control and conscious knowledge should be rejected. Personality disordered (PD) service users, like the rest of us, have degrees of not knowing and knowing, controlling and not controlling, such that pinpointing exactly when assignment of responsibility should enter into judgments of service users is murky and difficult. This position includes both metaphysical and epistemological issues in that it is a separate question whether (...)
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    Querying the "community" in community mental health.Nancy Nyquist Potter - 2007 - American Journal of Bioethics 7 (11):42 – 43.
    Patients with mental illnesses may be involuntarily committed to outpatient treatment when they are a danger to themselves or others and when they lack insight into their illness to the extent that...
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    Shame, violence, and perpetrators' voices.Nancy Nyquist Potter - 2006 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 29 (3):237-237.
    Fostering shame in societies may not curb violence, because shame is alienating. The person experiencing shame may not care enough about others to curb violent instincts. Furthermore, men may be less shame-prone than are women. Finally, if shame is too prevalent in a society, perpetrators may be reluctant to talk about their actions and motives, if indeed they know their own motives. We may be unable accurately to discover how perpetrators think about their own violence.
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    The Haunting and Mourning of Subaltern Voices in Psychiatry.Nancy Nyquist Potter - 2020 - Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology 27 (3):273-276.
    Sarah Kamens invites readers to consider ways that psychiatry is colonizing, drawing on the concepts of ghostwriting and voice-hearing as mirrored points of haunting in medical regimes. Her article is provocative and engaging, and she is spot on about some of the more concerning aspects of psychiatry. I suggest some ways that Kamens can expand on this work, but my emphasis is on ghostly and emergent voices of service users.I find myself wishing that Kamens would dig deeper into some of (...)
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    The Interface of Ethics and Psychiatry: A Philosophical Case Consultation on Psychiatric Ethics on the Ground.Nancy Nyquist Potter & Rif El-Mallakh - 2019 - Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology 26 (3):179-189.
    This case consultation offers three cases that illustrate a collaborative consultation model for psychiatric ethics that we have developed in outpatient clinic and in emergency psychiatry over the last 10 years. After we present these cases, we discuss three points of interest: 1) the characteristics we found to be important to our collaborative project, 2) the benefits of an integrative approach, and 3) ways that our collaborative moral reasoning developed our awareness of and sensitivity to ethical issues. We end by (...)
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    The Politics of Fear.Nancy Nyquist Potter - 2003 - The Acorn 12 (1):19-24.
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    Trauma, Truth and Reconciliation: Healing Damaged Relationships.Nancy Nyquist Potter (ed.) - 2006 - Oxford University Press.
    People do great wrongs to each other all the time, sometimes deliberately, sometimes accidentally. This book looks at how people, communities, and nations can address great wrongs and how they can heal from them - taking into consideration how differences in cultures, histories, and group expectations affect the possibilities for healing.
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    Uncertain knowledge.Nancy Nyquist Potter - 2007 - Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology 14 (1):19-22.
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    What It Means to Treat People as Ends-in-Themselves.Nancy Nyquist Potter - 2011 - American Journal of Bioethics 11 (10):6 - 7.
    The American Journal of Bioethics, Volume 11, Issue 10, Page 6-7, October 2011.
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