ABOUT PROFESSOR ROFE

Yacov Rofé is a professor of psychology and former chair of the Interdisciplinary Department of Social Sciences at Bar-Ilan University in Ramat Gan, Israel. He taught for the Department of Psychology at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and was a visiting professor at Rutgers Medical School in New Jersey.

He has published many articles in leading academic journals of psychology, including a theory entitled “Stress and Affiliation: a Utility Theory”, published by Psychological Review in 1984. An additional influential article, published in Review of General Psychology, 2008, is a review that refutes the existence of repression and the Freudian Unconscious.

  In recent years, Rofé’s scientific work has focused on the development of a new theory of psychopathology, which challenges the validity of traditional theories of behavioral disorders. Rofé wrote a book entitled The Rationality of Psychological Disorders, published by Kluwer in 2000. He has since published four subsequent articles supporting his Rational-Choice Theory of Neurosis (RCTN). These include articles which: (1) demonstrates the ability of RCTN to integrate all therapeutic methods pertaining to neurosis in one theoretical framework (Rofé, 2010); (2) integrates all data relevant to the development and treatment of conversion disorder (Rofé & Rofé, 2013); (3) resolves the theoretical confusion regarding the explanation of panic disorder, agoraphobia and other forms of bizarre phobia (e.g., train and chocolate phobias) (Rofé, 2015), and (4) suggests a new diagnostic criteria based on RCTN that challenges the validity of DSM (Rofé, 2016).

    Rofé has completed a new book, entitled Schizophrenia, Criminal Insanity and Neurosis: The Intuitive Rational-Choice Theory of Madness, which demonstrates that medical models reached their esteemed scientific level because of the weaknesses of psychological theories, primarily psychoanalysis, rather than because of the strength of their data. It shows that the new theory can explain the development and treatment of all above behavioral disorders, including schizophrenia, better than rival theories. Distinguished researchers, including Professor Robert Aumann, Nobel Prize Winner in economics, acknowledged the merits of this book. In his letter to the editors, Aumann noted, "Rofé's theory, revolutionary as it is, fits well into the framework of economics, game theory and evaluation."