Our expert says:
The sincerity of his intentions is NOT a fact. It is a supposition, a theory which you quite understandably choose to hold.
I don't know why some people seem entranced by the issue of whether the e-mails were sexually explicit - they were wentirely as wrong and unethical whether or not their content was sexually explicitt. Anyone who misunderstands that doesn't understand the ethical isues involved.
SASOP is a largely self-serving organization run by a really small number of shrinks in a self-perpetuating clique, and most other shrinks are too busy in practice to want to get involved in organizational politics. They as a structure have NO basis for claiming any expertise in ethical matters and no organizational ability to examine and pronounce on such issues.
There is no relevant difference here between boudnary violations and boundary blurring.
Intelligence has absoluely nothing to do with it. I have known many senior academics ( especially in SA where such appointments are usually made on Political and political grounds, unrelated to genuine intelletual and academic abilities ) who are of dismal intelligence. But even intelligent people do stupid things when they allow their hormones and other anatomical priorities to rule.
I don't know who Dr X is, but can't think of anyone who I would consider of indisputable "superior intelligence" in this local community. Some senior shrinks are brilliant at self-promotion, at developing pseudo-research ( whatever is fundable, usually by drug companies, who often do most of the actual work involved so as to make sure the results match their needs ), and at discouraging genuinely intelligent and able juniors who could soon outshine them, preferring toadies and ego-massagers.
We have no good evidence that he ever had particularly impressive "judgement" ; and in a situation where he wanted to flirt and had many reasons to expect to be able to get away with it, he probably didn't get round to applying whatever judgement he might have.
What should have concerned those who looked into this case is an issue I['m sure you are well familiar with in law - where someone with power and position is almost accidentally discovered doing something really wrong ( and it is largely a matter of chance that he in this instance did this with someone of your intelligence, persistance and actual intellectual and ethical concerns ) - one must wonder whether he may have done similar things on other occasions, and had grown used to getting away with it. Nothing encourages improper conduct so effectively as discovering that you can get away with it.
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