A researcher and professor of neuropharmacology at Emory University School of Medicine and at the Yerkes National Primate research Center, Dr. Kuhar is involved in research dealing with substance abuse. He has authored more than 900 publications of many types, has trained more than 60 students, fellows and visitors, presented more than 300 seminars, and has helped Emory University receive some $20 million in grants.
The Art And Ethics Of Being A Good Colleague
- This book explains what collegial ethics is, its value, the impediments to it, and so forth. It is theoretical and didactic. As the writing progressed, it also became a self-help book. This book is an attempt at being a brief but complete discourse on collegiality.
- Given how desirable a peaceful environment can be, we sometimes choose to impose the peace by decree without addressing the issues. But this can backfire and cause bigger problems.
- Problems that are not dealt with can fester and seethe to the point that the problem becomes amplified. In those cases, keeping the peace as a sacred goal could be counterproductive.
- One way to look at the brain and our behavior is to think of it as grandma’s attic. When we get there, we find many fascinating things; some are old and some are new. Some are recognizable and familiar, and some are a little strange and puzzling. We don’t know how some things got there or what they were used for. But they are there nevertheless and they did come from somewhere, and presumably had a purpose at some point.
- Focusing on collegial ethics, which proposes supporting our colleagues, is needed to overcome the biases that we knowingly – or unknowingly – carry.
- We can react rapidly and automatically; this skill derives from ancient parts of our brains that are highly toned for survival. Another kind of reaction is a slower one …. one that allows us to utilize reason and rational thought. The latter may take some time to kick in, and it is clear that we shouldn’t ignore this slower, more rational process.
- The ability of self-deception helps us because, if we can convince ourselves that something is true, then we won’t show others any sign of the deception we are perpetrating. If we believe it ourselves, we can more easily convince others.
- What we say not only impacts others; it also impacts us. We need to be more careful about what we put into words because language is the backbone of our involvement in groups and with colleagues, and we must honor and have courage about our real beliefs.
- It is clear that through no fault of our own, we have a complex human nature. Part of it is collegial and part of it isn’t. But, it is also clear that we can modify our actions and behaviors and become more collegial.
- Collegial ethics primarily has the colleague’s best interest in mind. Collegial ethics is primarily for the other person’s sake, although we all have much to gain from a more collegial world. Colleagues may resent your actions if they think you are out to advance your own agenda.
- The guideline of dong no harm or minimizing harm may be especially useful when, for one reason or another, we don’t know the facts and cannot easily discover them.
- When you know your personal fears, you can confront them and find your way through them. As you do the things your fear, the fear will diminish.
- Mentoring is a needed skill because many find person to person learning with its immediate feedback more efficient and easier than advice from a text.
- It is never justified to do harm to someone simply because you don't like them.
Addicted Brain: Why We Abuse Drugs, Alcohol and Nicotine. He serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Drug and Alcohol Research.