Monday, April 19, 2010

"...they are allowing themselves to become agents for enhancing soft totalitarianism. "

Shrinkwrapped: The Sovietizing of American Therapy:

When Psychotherapists adopt a political stance as part of their therapeutic weltanschauung, they have left the field of enhancing autonomy and entered the field, albeit with the very best of intentions, of social engineering; they are allowing themselves to become agents for enhancing soft totalitarianism. It would behoove any such therapist to undergo some self-analysis and determine from whence his need to control arises.

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33 Comments:

Blogger Francis W. Porretto said...

Such therapists are also playing at being Anything Authorities. It's a dead giveaway of a hypertrophied ego.

4:53 PM, April 19, 2010  
Blogger Chuck Pelto said...

TO: Dr. Helen, et al.
RE: A Couple of Questions

[1] Are there provisions in Obamacare for 'mental health' therapy?

[2] Is a pre-frontal lobotomy, a la One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, paid for by the government?

Regards,

Chuck(le)
[I'd rather have a bottle in front of me, than a frontal lobotomy.]

7:20 PM, April 19, 2010  
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8:42 PM, April 19, 2010  
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5:11 AM, April 20, 2010  
Blogger Stormbringer said...

When I was seeing a therapist, I was never fully at ease. They had worldviews that were in direct opposition to my own (Conservative and Christian), and were dragging out the treatments for the sake of money.

When it came to trying to force me into alcohol rehab (so I had a drink at night, big deal) so they could get more money out of the state, I not only dropped the therapy but the antidepressant as well.

5:59 AM, April 20, 2010  
Blogger Chuck Pelto said...

TO: Stormbringer
RE: That....

.....doesn't sound like a "conservative and christian" therapist to ME.

Regards,

Chuck(le)
[A tree is known by its fruit. -- Some Wag around 2000 years ago]

8:56 AM, April 20, 2010  
Blogger DADvocate said...

Francis - I like your essay discussing Lysenkoism. It seems an accurate portrayal of much that is happening.

One of my biggest complaints with "soft totalitarianism" is the use of the word "soft." In its current form amongst the mental health community, this process started 5 or 6 decades ago and snowballed. Like a snowball rolling downhill, it has become less "soft" and more destructive as it rolls and will continue to do so. We need to stop the building avalanche before more damage is done.

9:03 AM, April 20, 2010  
Blogger Chuck Pelto said...

TO: DADvocate
RE: Indeed

Like a snowball rolling downhill, it has become less "soft" and more destructive as it rolls and will continue to do so. We need to stop the building avalanche before more damage is done. -- DADvocate

And more more it rolls, the more it will get 'hard' as it compacts and gains momentum.

As I said so oft in the past....

....it's all part of the Plan.

Regards,

Chuck(le)
[Bad law is more likely to be supplemented than repealed. -- Oaks' Laws]

P.S. That goes for bad therapy as well....

1:28 PM, April 20, 2010  
Blogger TMink said...

It comes down to whose treatment plan are you following, yours or the patient's or Marx's.

I recommend following the patient's treatment plan.

Trey

2:01 PM, April 20, 2010  
Blogger wild chicken said...

My last shrink was ok but he kept saying that he was a "recovering Catholic" but I didn't follow up. I had just been baptized (he knew that) and didn't need to be *relieved* of the burden of faith.

Now I wish I'd said, what happened, were you molested by priests? Next time!

5:08 PM, April 20, 2010  
Blogger God Of Bacon said...

Goodness!

They're like authors or bloggers or something.

8:23 PM, April 20, 2010  
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1:27 AM, April 21, 2010  
Blogger br549 said...

I realize this may come off sounding naive, but I can't for the life of me understand why anyone born and raised in this country, or who has otherwise been here long enough, has even the slightest inclination towards socialism.

4:27 AM, April 21, 2010  
Blogger Chuck Pelto said...

TO: br549
RE: How Come??!?!

I can't for the life of me understand why anyone born and raised in this country, or who has otherwise been here long enough, has even the slightest inclination towards socialism. -- br549

I blame it on the vaunted American public education system inculcating in people an inordinate sense of angst and ennui.

The result is that the only thing that makes these people feel 'alive' is fighting to change something from what it is, into something else. Whether or not that something else is better is not important to them.

Regards,

Chuck(le)
[Psychoceramics: The Study of Crack-Pots]

6:18 AM, April 21, 2010  
Blogger TMink said...

I am with Chuck on this one. I left for college a moderate R, came back a left of center D, and settled in as a small government conservative after I voted for Clinton and then Bush. Both helped me to sort things out.

But college was where I was exposed to and briefly swayed by the seemingly kind but tremendously naive progressive ideology.

Trey

1:02 PM, April 21, 2010  
Blogger Steve said...

br549 asks a good question. We are now reaping at least a couple of decades of the socialist indoctrination that is taught in our government run madrassas, K through college. A friend of mine who's daughter was originally taught in Christian schools and considered herself Libertarian, was completely brainwashed in a state run college, over the course of a year, into believing every socialist lie extent. The transformation was shocking. The indoctrination these kids go through is every bit as complete as what Winston was subjected to by Big Brother and starts at a very early age. Businesses are constantly berated as greedy cheaters who pillage customers and government is portrayed as benevolent, willing to help the most destitute for "free". Profit is dirty or stealing while income distribution is compassionate and kind. Taxes are a good thing as long as who you are taxing is "rich" or a business. It's a topsy-turvy world that any Marxist would easily recognize.

4:52 PM, April 21, 2010  
Blogger Chuck Pelto said...

TO: TMink, et al.
RE: There IS a 'Cure'

Draft them all and send them to Afghanistan and Iraq for a year. Let them SEE and EXPERIENCE what it is to live outside this country.

Regards,

Chuck(le)
[If you had a life in the first place, you'll never have a 'mid-life crisis'. -- CBPelto]

6:27 PM, April 21, 2010  
Blogger Xiaoding said...

"The transformation was shocking."

Because, she couldn't be, you know, just a stupid bitch, with a trash can for a mind.

If she was brainwashed to the left, she was previously brainwashed to the right. Her dad should have taught her how to think for herself.

6:37 PM, April 21, 2010  
Blogger Xiaoding said...

"I realize this may come off sounding naive, but I can't for the life of me understand why anyone born and raised in this country, or who has otherwise been here long enough, has even the slightest inclination towards socialism."

They don't. What they got, mostly, is a penchant for calling any kind of group action, "socialist", and geting all worked up about it. Even thought it's not socialism at all.

A free people, can, for instance, come up with a national health care plan, and act through their representatives, to enact such a plan. But, they will be called "socialist" every step of the way, by the brainless baboons among us. Until, the situation becomes so bad, that we actually GET a socialist plan, because we have delayed so long, because people called all the reasonable proposals "socialist". I think Churchill had something to say about that.

6:46 PM, April 21, 2010  
Blogger Xiaoding said...

"Draft them all and send them to Afghanistan and Iraq for a year. Let them SEE and EXPERIENCE what it is to live outside this country."

I agree with the draft idea. If only to see the folks who enact it, hung from the nearest tree and lampost, 'cause that's always funny!

Some people are just hell bent to send their sons and daughters, to die, for nothing, or for some secret plan we won't read about for thirty years in some book. So hey, go for it! But don't dare come after MY family, or the war will very quickly, "come home" :)

7:01 PM, April 21, 2010  
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7:01 PM, April 21, 2010  
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7:05 PM, April 21, 2010  
Blogger Chuck Pelto said...

TO: All
RE: Our Visiting Communist

I wonder how much time he spent in the defense of this country.

On the other hand, I've got a good idea of how much time he spent attacking it.

Regards,

Chuck(le)
[The Truth...it's blatantly obvious to even the most casual observer.]

7:19 PM, April 21, 2010  
Blogger Chuck Pelto said...

P.S. With a name like Xiaoding, one has to wonder if their the 'spammer' we've had around here of late. And they just decided they couldn't keep from expressing themselves in English for a change.

7:20 PM, April 21, 2010  
Blogger Chuck Pelto said...

TO: Xiao
RE: By the Way....

....I'm an advocate that EVERYONE SERVE. That includes YOUR 'family', whatever that may be.

And as for your 'threat', I've studied 'war' professionally for 27 years. What do you think you can show me?

Regards,

Chuck(le)
[God is alive....and Airborne-Ranger qualified. And so am I.]

7:44 PM, April 21, 2010  
Blogger Stormbringer said...

Chuck's discussion with Tsingtao reminds me of when I was in Usenet discussions regarding the ChiCom treatment of the Tibetans. It was alarming how similar the ChiComs sounded like American Democrats — and how well they got along when bashing Bush.

7:49 PM, April 21, 2010  
Blogger I R A Darth Aggie said...

But don't dare come after MY family, or the war will very quickly, "come home" :)

It already has. Or perhaps you haven't been paying attention?

9/11. Shoe bomber. Panty bomber. Ft. Hood. So far, you've been lucky in that no one in your family was directly in the line of fire.

Pray your luck continues. Not everyone has been so lucky.

10:00 PM, April 21, 2010  
Blogger Xiaoding said...

"Everyone serve" sounds great...for 1950. It's 2010 now. Times have changed. The useless and stupid war being fought now, does nothing to protect us, and thus needs to be fought by volunteers, in far away lands. Cabinet wars, fought so that no even realizes they are going on. Again, have fun, but if draft talk gets serious, resistance also gets serious. But draft talk is just that, all talk, mile wide, inch deep. You have no support. If you did, we would have a draft already.

"no one in your family was directly in the line of fire."

In what sense? I see the Army as much as of a threat to the peace right now, as any Taliban. You know, the Taliban doesn't take my money by threat of force, whearas the Army does.

To be more clear, your estimate of those in the line of fire, does not include those who have wasted thier lives in a mis-managed and futile war. It should. The fine soldiers who died in the first six months of the war, died for something. After that, not so much.

"I wonder how much time he spent in the defense of this country.

On the other hand, I've got a good idea of how much time he spent attacking it."

Well said! It means nothing, but it sounds good. where did I "attack my country"? I have done no such thing. You are less that accurate, try again.

6:35 PM, April 22, 2010  
Blogger Chuck Pelto said...

TO: All
RE: Heh

In what sense? I see the Army as much as of a threat to the peace right now, as any Taliban. -- Xiaoding[bat]

There you have it folks. The US Army is on a par—in this characters mind—with the Taliban, which killed around 3000 peaceful Americans and other peoples on 9/11, in an unprovoked act of war on American soil.

I imagine this character would have sided with the Japanese on December 8th, 1941.

Regards,

Chuck(le)
P.S. I guess this character graduated from high school in the last 10-20 years. If not more recently....considering their lack of logic. Or....maybe....they could figure out that if the Taliban hadn't attacked US on 9/11 all that money he whines about would not be spent on this war.

Talk about 'fools'.....

6:27 AM, April 23, 2010  
Blogger Chuck Pelto said...

TO: All
RE: Addendum on Xiaoding[bat]

Well said! It means nothing, but it sounds good. where did I "attack my country"? -- Xiaoding[bat]

This character can't even recognize an 'attack' he perpetrates on this country in the same comment he makes only a couple of paragraphs above.

Enough of this fool....

Regards,

Chuck(le)
[Rebuke a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit. -- Proverbs]

6:30 AM, April 23, 2010  
Blogger TMink said...

"A free people, can, for instance, come up with a national health care plan"

Of course they can, but this has nothing to do with what happened here. Here, the progressive elite pushed through a plan that the majority of Americans oppose. Your point is valid, but it has absolutely nothing to do with the so called "health care reform" in America.

Trey

11:06 AM, April 23, 2010  
Blogger Xiaoding said...

"Of course they can, but this has nothing to do with what happened here. Here, the progressive elite pushed through a plan that the majority of Americans oppose"

I beleive I addressed that, when I wrote: "Until, the situation becomes so bad, that we actually GET a socialist plan, because we have delayed so long"...

6:19 PM, April 23, 2010  
Blogger Chuck Pelto said...

TO: All
RE: Heh

I beleive I addressed that.... -- Xiaoding[bat]

This character can believe anything it likes....BUT, I, for one, have serious doubts about ANYTHING it says.

Regards,

Chuck(le)
[Trust a communist as far as you can throw a fat sumo.]

8:26 PM, April 24, 2010  

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