Psychotherapy

Therapy positions itself on the basis that “all problems are internal”. All problems are explained as being due to the client “not being in touch with herself”. Thus therapy washes itself of any social or political responsibility. It simply accepts the current social and political status-quo. And thus implicitly works hand-in-glove with power. So much […]

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The starting point for therapy is that you should focus your attention on yourself. On your emotions. On your past. On your interior life. In truth; for almost all people who have the kind of problems which therapy claims to address the one thing they need to do is forget themselves. Get over themselves. Don’t worry […]

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Therapy shares the same pedagogical model as modern factory education and, for that matter, the model of pharmaceutical “treatment” of psychiatric “disorders”. In all 3 cases the welfare (income) of one party (the provider of the treatment) depends on a consensus model that the other (the recipient of the treatment) is inadequate. The recipient needs the […]

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Therapy is about helping people feel more comfortable. It aims to help them feel less “distress”. Let’s leave aside the question of whether therapy achieves that and/or the question of what price might be exacted in terms of self-respect and authenticity for achieving that. Let’s allow that therapy can help people achieve that. Is it […]

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During the course of therapy a therapist will have to gloss over a multitide of evident signs that their theory is not valid and their ‘treatment’ is not helping the patient. They will make mistakes, forget important details (such as meetings), make huge ‘counter-transferernces’ which they will have to wave away (while focussing in minute […]

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Someone called me up this morning – from a recruitment agency. (I work contracts so I get a lot of such calls). She started off with “are you well today”? This is a growing trend. I called an agency which deals with certain aspects of my accounts the other day and the first question was […]

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