“It is high time for a public debate on the widespread use of hidden manipulation techniques – so-called ‘nudges’ – employed by the government and media to force obedience to coronary measures,” argues British psychologist Gary Sidley in an interview with De Andere Krant. According to Sidley, “deliberately instilling fear and shame is unethical, and this has no place in a democracy.”
Who is Gary Sidley?
Sidley, with a Phd in psychology, worked for many years as a clinical psychologist for Britain’s National Health Service. After his early retirement in 2013, he volunteered to work for improvements in mental health care. Since 2020, he and other psychologists, doctors, scientists and economists on the Health advisory & recovery team (HART) have been committed to open debate on covid. With 40 other psychologists, he has written to the British Parliament and the professional association British Psychological Society asking for a major investigation and public debate on the unethical use of insights from the behavioral sciences. Sidley shares his insights on his blog “coronababble.”
This article is part of a four-part series:
IV Psychologist Gary Sidley: “A civilized society does not deploy fear, shame and scapegoating to compel obedience”