Psychotherapy

People who have to tell others how to live are invariably weak. Weak and enervated they seek to establish themselves by this kind of patronizing domination over others. This kind of childishness was analyzed by Dostoevsky in his tale of the Grand Inquisitor (in the

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Therapy started with an account of how it was a suitable treatment for those with serious “symptoms”. Freud’s initial patients generally had serious problems. Nowadays the line is that “everyone needs therapy”. The whole of society is sick. Therapy is the cure for everyone. One of the most extreme proponents of this view was the […]

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Therapy promises, amongst other benefits, that it will aid “self-development”. Think for one moment. Being “in therapy” requires no effort on the part of the client/patient. There is no self-discipline. No exercises. Nothing is being learned. No knowledge. No skills. There are no challenging experiences. There is no interaction with the external world. All the […]

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Your psychotherapist will NEVER respond to you. (The exception is if they break their own rules of engagement and step outside of the therapeutic roles. In this case though they will be abusing you). They will never respond to you because the aim is to break you down. Whatever you say about yourself you haven’t […]

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Therapy aphorisms The “therapeutic relationship” Therapy makes a great deal about the “therapeutic relationship”. What is the quality of this relationship, in fact? A œrelationship where one party never divulges anything about himself but encourages another to tell everything and not spare any intimate detail is the opposite of a loving, warm, human relationship of […]

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An analogy. Living your life is like piloting a ship. You have to learn to avoid the rocks. If you do get holed you have to learn how to patch the hole and carry on. You have to learn how to manage a mutinous crew who may well lead you astray through excesses (your “id” […]

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