Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The Culture of Pretend

The failure of psychotherapy. (Via Joshua Snyder) Share


R J said...

There are those who still imagine that the average mental health doctor (anti-Christian though he is to the marrow of his bones) can be trusted. Why they still imagine this, I have not the faintest idea.

One would have thought that such phenomena as Communists using pysch wards to suppress dissent - not to mention America's own pre-Hitler campaigns of taxpayer-funded sterilization for "mental hygiene", and the American Psychiatric Association's subsequent decision to legitimize buggery by a majority vote (science decided by a majority vote, hello?) - might have given them pause. One would be wrong.

To such folk as continue to trust shrinks qua shrinks, I can now say only two terrifying words: "Fort Hood".

Julygirl said...

I read the whole article and I do not see where she made her point. One could also say that diets don't work. They work as far as one wants to go with the diet and how hard one works at it, and some are scams. Or, "I went to the dermatologist and I still itch". Delving into and trying to understand what motivates one's behavior takes time and commitment. Some therapists are more skilled than others in guiding one through self discovery, and for many it has helped them approach life with a healthier happier attitude. Don't 'throw out the baby with the bath water'. As for me personally, I found more answers through reading and meditation on the writings of, for example, St. Francis de Salle, or St. Alphonsus Ligouri, Dom Francisco Scupoli, The Bible, etc.