Is it right for an expert to publicly comment on someone’s psychological state, based on that person’s appearance in the media?
Putting aside the question of whether someone has the right to remain anonymous when they use details of an affair to end someone else’s career, should a psychologist with “three decades’ experience” be telling a newspaper that the woman who had the affair with John Della Bosca is predatory, delusional, unstable, who “probably sought out powerful men” and has “a complete lack of emotional intelligence”.
Not only does clinical psychologist Janet Hall rubbish a woman she’s presumably never met, let alone had as a patient, she also gives cheaters everywhere an excuse for their bad behaviour: “There’s a woman we call the predator woman, the piranha woman, she circles the famous, the Shane Warnes and Wayne Careys.”
That’s hardly professional. Or fair.
Dr Hall goes on, saying the woman’s decision to tell her story is “extremely irrational”.
“She’s ruining her life because of the public humiliation that will follow because she’s vengeful and hurt,” Dr Hall said.
“She should have got some really good counselling and moved on with her life, obviously with someone who’s her equal and available.”
Hopefully the woman doesn’t ever go to Dr Hall for that counselling.