BAR-ILAN UNIVERSITY

 FACULTY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES

 

 

 

 

ADDRESS:                    

 

University:       Interdisciplinary Department of Social Sciences

                          Bar-Ilan University

                          Ramat-Gan, Israel, 52900

                          Tel.      972-3-5318122

                          Fax.     972-3-7384039

                         Email:   rofeja@mail.biu.ac.il

                                        

Home:            5 Keren Hayesod, Givat-Shmuel

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ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

 

1970 – 1980                Instructor, Department of Psychology, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel

1980 – 1985                Lecturer, Interdisciplinary Department of Social Sciences, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel

1982 – 1983                Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Rutgers Medical School, Piscataway, NJ, 08854, USA

1985 – 1989                Senior Lecturer and Tenure, Interdisciplinary Department of Social Sciences, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel

1988 – 1989                Visiting Professor, Department of Psychology, Washington University, St. Louis, MO, 63130, USA

1989 – 2010                Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Department of Social Sciences, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel

1990 – 1997                Chair, Interdisciplinary Department of Social Sciences, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel

2004 – 2010                Chair, Interdisciplinary Department of Social Sciences, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel

2010 – 2016                Professor at Academic College of Ashkelon, Israel  

2016 – Present            Chair of the Department of Health Sciences at College of Science and Law, Hod Hasharon, Israel

 

 

 

TEACHING, RESEARCH, AND CLINICAL EXPERIENCE

 

1967 – 1970                Research and teaching assistant, Department of Psychology, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel

1973 – 1986                Training Institute of University Students for Teaching, Ministry of Education, Givataiim, Israel

1973 – Present            Department of Psychology and Interdisciplinary Studies of Social Sciences, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel

1980 – 1985                Administration of Intelligence Tests, Institute for Gifted Children, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel

1988 – 1989                Department of Psychology, Washington University, St. Louis, MO, 63130, USA

1982 – 1983                Clinical work for psychiatric patients in the following institutions:

                                    1) Department of Psychiatry, Rutgers Medical School, Piscataway, NJ, 08854, USA

                                    2) Veterans Administration, Medical Center, Lyons, NJ, 07939, USA

                                    3) John F. Kennedy Rehabilitation Institute, Edison, NJ, 03818, USA

 

 

 MAIN RESEARCH INTERESTS

  1. Critique of psychopathology theories and developing alternative models

  2. Critique of fear theories and new conditioning models

  3. Development of an integrative theory of therapeutic intervention

  4. Affiliation in stressful situations

  5. Repressive and unconscious processes

 

 

 

 

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

 

Organizing an international conference, "The Future of Psychopathology: Theories and Therapeutic Methods", Bar-Ilan, July, 2001.

Organizing an international conference, "Rationality and Irrationality: Psychiatric Disorders and Suicide", Bar-Ilan, July, 2007.

Organizing an international conference, "Psychopathy, Munchausen Syndrome, and Neurotic Delinquency", Bar-Ilan, August, 2009.

 

 

 

 

 

LIST OF PUBLICATIONS

 

Books:

Rofé, Y. (1989). Repression and Fear: A New Approach to Resolve the Crisis in Psychopathology. Washington, DC: Hemisphere. (323 pages)

 

Rofé, Y. (2000). The Rationality of Psychological Disorders: Psycho-bizarreness Theory. New York, NY: Kluwer Academic Publishers.

 

This book challenges the validity of all traditional theories in psychopathology. It offers instead a revolutionary theory, Psycho-Bizarreness Theory, which accounts for the development and treatment of both neurotic and psychotic disorders in conscious and rational terms. Additionally, the book proposes a new theory of conditioning, the Rational-Automatic Theory of Fear, which accounts for the development of specific fears among both humans and animals. The main message of the book is that the widespread conviction that human beings are basically irrational is wrong, and that the application of rationality to psychopathology is a necessary condition for the understanding and treatment of psychiatric disorders.  This approach is consistent with the growing recognition of the role of rationality in social sciences, an issue which was the subject of 2 recent winners of the Nobel Prize. The book contains about 2,000 references and more than 400 pages. It received positive reviews in both Contemporary Psychology (Lester, 2002) and Psychiatric Services (Sarema & Garfield, 2001).

 

 

 

Rofé, Y. (submitted for publication). Schizophrenia, Criminal Insanity & Neuroses:

             Psycho- Bizarreness: The Intuitive Rational-Choice Theory of Madness; the Fallen Empires of Psychoanalysis Medical Models and Drug Companies.

 

This book challenges the validity of the medical models. It shows that the biological models reached their esteemed scientific status, especially with regard to the explanation and treatment of schizophrenia, not because of the strength of their data but rather because of the weaknesses of the psychological theories. It demonstrates that, in line with Freud's vision, Psycho-Bizarreness Theory succeeds in explaining the development of various types of bizarre behaviors, such as schizophrenia, criminal insanity and neuroses, by one set of theoretical concepts. 

 

 

 

 

 

Articles:

  1. Rofé, Y., Lewin, I. and Padeh, B. (1977). Affiliation before and after child delivery as a function of repression-sensitization. British Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 16, 311-315.

  2. Rofé, Y., Padeh, B. and Serr, D.M. (1978). Repressive versus sensitive personality types and the effect upon reproduction and labor. Proceedings of the International Society Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology, Sorono Symposia, 243-249.

  3. Rofé, Y. and Lewin, I. (1979). Who adjusts better: Repressors or sensitizers? Journal of Clinical Psychology, 35, 875-879.

  4. Rofé, Y., Padeh, B. and Serr, D. M. (1979). Repression-sensitization, anxiety, number of childbirths, prenatal training program and behavior during childbirth. Proceedings of the International Society of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology Sorono Symposia, 785-796.

  5. Rofé, Y. and Lewin, I. (1980). Attitudes toward an enemy and personality in a war environment. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 4, 97-106.

  6. Rofé, Y. and Lewin, I. (1980). Daydreaming in a war environment. Journal of Mental Imagery, 4, 59-75.

  7. Rofé, Y. and Lewin, I. (1981). Emotion during pregnancy and delivery as a function of repression-sensitization and number of childbirths. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 6, 163-173.

  8. Rofé, Y. and Weller, L. (1981). Attitudes toward the enemy as a function of level of threat. British Journal of Social Psychology, 20, 217-218.

  9. Rofé, Y. and Weller, L. (1981). Ethnic group prejudice and class in Israel. Jewish Journal of Sociology, 23, 101-111.

  10. Rofé, Y. and Lewin, I. (1982). The effect of war environment on dreams and sleep habits. In C. D. Spielberger, I. G. Sarason and N. A. Milgram (Eds.), Stress and Anxiety (vol. 8, pp. 67-79) Washington: Hemisphere Publishing Corp.

  11. Rofé, Y. and Lewin, I. (1982). Psycho-social factors and blood pressure during pregnancy and delivery. Psychophysiology, 19, 7-12.

  12. Rofé, Y. and Lewin, I. (1982). Repression-Sensitization and socioeconomic level. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 8, 324-329.

  13. Rofé, Y. and Goldberg, J. (1983). Prolonged exposure to a war environment and its effects on blood pressure of pregnant women. British Journal of Medical Psychology, 56, 305-311.

  14. Rofé, Y. (1984). Stress and affiliation: A utility theory. Psychological Review, 91, 235-250.

  15. Rofé, Y. (1985). The assessment of marital happiness. In J. N. Butcher and C. D. Spielberger (Eds.), Advances in Personality Assessment (Vol. 4, pp. 55-82). Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum

  16. Rofé, Y., and Algom, D. (1985). Accuracy of remembering post-delivery pain. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 60, 99-105.

  17. Rofé, Y., Hoffman, M. and Lewin, I. (1985). Patient affiliation in major illness. Psychological Medicine, 15, 895-896.

  18. Lewin, I. and Rofé, Y. (1985). Repression and illusion:  Mental disturbances or mental health. Israel Psychological Association Quarterly, 3, 12-14.

  19. Rofé, Y., and Lewin, I. (1986). Affiliation in an unavoidable stressful situation: An examination of utility theory. British Journal of Social Psychology, 25, 119-127.

  20. Rofé, Y., Lewin, I., and Hoffman, M. (1987). Affiliation patterns among cancer patients. Psychological Medicine, 17, 419-424.

  21. Rofé, Y., and Lewin, I. (1988). Social comparison or utility: An experimental examination. Social Behavior and Personality, 16, 5-10.

  22. Weller, L., and Rofé, Y. (1988). Marital happiness among mixed and homogeneous marriages in Israel. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 50, 245-254.

  23. Rofé, Y., Blittner, M., and Lewin, I. (1993). Emotional experiences during the three trimesters of pregnancy. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 49, 3-12.

  24. Rofé, Y. (2002). Psychobizarreness theory: A response to Lester's review. Contemporary Psychology, 47, 632.

  25. Rofé, Y. (2006). Affiliation tendencies on the eve of the Iraqi war: A utility    theory perspective. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 36, 1781-1789.

  26. Rofé, Y. (2008). Does repression exist? Memory, pathogenic, unconscious, and clinical evidence. Review of General Psychology, 12, 63-85.

  27. Rofé, Y (2010). The rational-choice theory of neurosis: Unawareness and an integrative therapeutic approach. Journal of Integrative Psychotherapy, 20, 152-202

  28. Rofé, Y., and Rofé, Y.  (2013). Conversion disorder: A review through the prism of the rational-choice theory of neurosis. Europe Journal of Psychology, 9, 832-868.

  29. Rofé, Y., and Rofé, Y.  (2015). Fear and phobia: A critical review and the rational-choice theory of neurosis. International Journal of Psychological Studies, 7, 37-73.

  30. Rofé, Y., (2016). Which diagnostic approach is more valid? The DSM or the rational choice theory of neurosis. International Journal of Psychological Studies, 8, 98-110.

 

 

 

 

 

CONFERENCES

 

  1. Behavior during child delivery as a function of repression, sensitization and number of childbirths. Annual National Conference of the Israel Family Planning Association, Tel Aviv, May, 1977.

  2. Fear, anxiety and pain during pregnancy and delivery as a function of repression-sensitization and number of childbirths. Annual National Conference of the Israel Family Planning Association, March, 1978.

  3. Proximity to terrorist attacks as a stress in two developmental towns in Israel: A series of studies. The 2nd International Conference on Psychological Stress and Adjustment in times of War and Peace, 1978.

  4. Prejudice in Israel: Ethnicity or social class. Annual National Conference of the Israel Association of Sociologists, Ramat-Gan, April, 1978.

  5. The struggle of children with stress situations. Annual National Conference of the Israel Association of Social Workers, Jerusalem, November, 1978.

  6. Attitudes towards Arabs as a function of repression-sensitization. Annual National Conference of the Israel Association of Sociologists, Haifa, March, 1979.

  7. Attitudes towards different kinds of Arabs as a function of repression-sensitization, ethnicity and strength of religious convictions. Annual National Conference of the Israel Association of Psychologists, Ramat-Gan, March, 1979.

  8. Stress and Affiliation: A utility theory. Annual National Conference of the Israel Association of Psychologists, February, 1985.

  9. The role of hostility in essential hypertension. The 2nd National Symposium on Hypertension in the Community, Jerusalem, December, 1985.

  10. Conversation hour: A new approach to resolve the crisis in psychopathology. The 97th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, New Orleans, August, 1989.

  11. Chair: The Future of Psychopathology: Theories and Therapeutic Methods, Ramat-Gan, July, 2001.

  12. The rationality of psychological disorder. The Future of Psychopathology: Theories and Therapeutic Methods, Ramat-Gan, July, 2001.

  13. A rational approach to the treatment of neuroses. The Future of Psychopathology: Theories and Therapeutic Methods, Ramat-Gan, July, 2001.

  14. The rationality of craziness: The Rational-Choice Theory of psychiatric disorders. Center for the Study of Rationality, the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, March 2006.

  15. The problematic state of traditional theories of psychopathology and the Rational-Choice Theory of Neurosis. The Israeli Psychiatry Organization, Eilat, November 2008 (Central lecture).

  16. Diagnostic criteria for neurotic delinquency. Psychopathy, Munchausen Syndrome, and Neurotic Delinquency, Ramat-Gan, August, 2009.

  17. The Rational-Choice Theory of Neurosis. Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic, October, 2009.

  18. Psycho-Bizarreness: An Intuitive rational-choice theory of madness; the fall of the theoretical empires of psychoanalysis and medical models. Neuro Surgery and Interventional Radiology, 7th Global Neurologists Annual Meeting, Vienna, Austria, August, 2016.

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