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 patient has to do is a) pay the fee and b) regurgitate some nonsense about how they felt when they were 5 years old.
This is not going to aid self-development. There is no effort in this.
It is about confession. The all important factor is that it is a confession to the “authority” of the therapist. This (as discussed elsewhere in this blog) is a game of Christian mastery of the soul. By confessing your “sins” and any thoughts you might have which you are “holding back” you become pure in the eyes of the Church. The Church can now accept you (the sinner, the strayer) back into the fold. In psychiatric terms – by confessing your “pathology” you make yourself