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Questioning Psycho-Therapy – Part One

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For so many years people have accepted the pronouncements of psycho-therapists,  whether medical doctors(psychiatrists)  or sociologists,  (psychologists) as gospel.

People have come to believe and accept whatever diagnosis is presented,  regardless of reality.

People discard what they ‘know’ as fact, or what they prove or disprove, in deference to the decree of the therapist. The therapist is far too often  endowed such power, as if they can see into the soul.

Despite facts, or the lack thereof, despite the dearth of knowledge about the patient, his/her background, and reality, the therapist will conclude and the patient is to genuflect.

For perhaps 100 years people have accepted without question.

And this has led not merely to false diagnosis,  but the disruption and destruction of people’s lives.

All because they listened to the words of the therapist.

What do you think?

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  1. I think that there many “therapists” who are unscruplous, and others who are honest. Most psychotherapists in Israel are very expensive and not worth the money. I don’t believe that they can really help a person. The price per hour is 10 times as much as I make an hour so it is too expensive for me.

    • And in many cases if you just talk to someone and put your feelings into words, you then hear yourself. One of the things is that when we can verbalise a feeling, and attitude and hear ourselves speak, it helps. For many times our problem is that we don’t face the problem. Sometimes we don’t know the problem..

  2. Good to see a discussion on this opening up again. The damage done by professionals in all fields can be stunning to examine.

    This isn’t directly related to your topic on dealing with the successful law suits, but Richard Ganz’ book PsychoBabble:… is useful to people interested in therapy related topics and insightful when investigating issues related to how patients are managed.

    • The successful law suits prove that there is a problem, that damage has been done, and by being aware of it, aware that the therapist isn’t some great sage but some grad of some school who knows the ‘language’ helps people decide.

  3. yeah, i think that is what happened in the movie, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, which was loosely based on a real life story of a 19 year old german roman catholic. the shrinks couldnt help cure her because they werent sure which mental illness she had or how to properly cure it. they gave her the wrong medication which wasnt helping her, and made her frustrated dealing with her issues. she eventually turned to her priest for help and guidance. he took her off medication to give her an exorcism and try to cure her via God, in which i think that is the only way he knew how to help her because he is a priest not a doctor. in the process, she had an epileptic seizure and died. i have heard of others who went off their epilepsy medication for different reasons ended up getting a seizure, which killed them. so, i think medication is important for mentally ill people. they just need to be properly diagnosed. and the media industry is stupid because they label any mental illness that cant be diagnosed as devil worship.

  4. I don’t know if you are aware that there has been a slurry of successful lawsuits against therapists or that the American/Canadian/British Psychiatric Associations have warned of the dangers of sudden adult memories of childhood abuse….

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