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  1. Prostitution is honest, because it's transparent and the nature of the relationship is mostly clear. Therapy is dishonest because they actively avoid defining the relationship and the transaction, and this is what sustains it. The more you define it, the worse it looks. Agree with RC, this whole game of therapist pretending to care, and client pretending to believe it... it's completely toxic and insane.
  2. That guy seems to be implying that his "mistakes" are rare slip-ups, and rest of the time he is fixin' people left and right. The whole practice of therapy is largely a mistake.
  3. I was with you with all the way up to the herbal cures for cancer part. I find this much less exploitive and corrupt than the demons who pour chemo poisons into desperate people, and then shrug their shoulders when that person shrivels and dies. At least the herbs will not kill you more quickly than the cancer, and some (cannabis) are real cancer medicine. Anyway, agree that the fees therapists charge + the uselessness/harmfulness of the product + the vulnerable customer base = the fundamental predation.
  4. 1. I imagine most of them are not predatory by nature, but have been conditioned to be that way by training. They harvest weakness and despair for personal gain. They make career of that. 2. Probably both, but I def think they adopt a phony persona and sell it as authentic. Therapists are basically probhibted from being real people in the room, but they lapse into authenticity sometimes, then revert back.
  5. Regarding therapists being predators, I don't see most of them as overt predators, but rather they are playing the role of predator. Agree, therapists violate boundaries by skipping consent and overselling their product. But they violate in million other ways. Pretending to care is a monstrous violation of emotional boundaries. So is pushing for exposure and disclosure, and then shoving the client out the door so the therapist can drag in the next customer. So is adopting an ambiguous and fake persona, while representing this as authentic. The list goes on.
  6. I only listened to a few bits, but toward the end, talking about "safe vulnerability", the magic, opening and growing... so unbelievably patronizing and nauseating. And of course they bring up boundaries. I wish I could rig a system whereby anyone who mentions the word "boundaries" in a therapy context gets an electric shock or is hit with a club.
  7. That's a good point. Therapists get away with cursory consent up front and then after that nothing, just expect the client to plow forward blindly.
  8. I've heard good things about the Kirsch book. It's true that anyone in the therapy biz has somewhat of a conflict of interest when it comes to going after drugs. Seems therapists/psychologists and psychiatrists are always feuding, and competing for customers. One thing about Whitaker, is that is he is a journalist and so has no direct stake in the "game". There's also Peter Breggin and David Healy.
  9. One of the best health books I've read is Robert Whitaker's "Anatomy of an Epidemic". Exposes the horrors of Pharmageddon and the damaging effects of long term psych drug use. https://www.amazon.com/Anatomy-Epidemic-Bullets-Psychiatric-Astonishing/dp/0307452425/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1497142314&sr=8-1&keywords=robert+whitaker
  10. Agree that overt gaslighting seems less common than therapists simply exploiting their position of power to get needs met, using subtle manipulation and coercion. It has to be one of the great lies of the whole practice -- the idea that i's client-focused. Therapy is by and for therapists.
  11. "I have argued in the past and quoted numerous experiments in support of these arguments, that there is little evidence for the practical efficacy of psychotherapy...the evidence on which these views are based is quite strong and is growing in strength every year". -- Hans J. Eysenck, Ph.D., psychology professor at the University of London
  12. All these studies attempting to justify the practice, it's a joke. If they admit the main thing in therapy is the relationship, and since human relationships are not scientific entities, and cannot be controlled or predicted, they ought to shut up about science and treatment. There is nothing clinical about therapy, other than the jargon they throw around.
  13. That "atheist priest" article is pretty revealing, both for its refutation of the whole biz, and because the author seems like somewhat of an a-hole, full of scorn and judgement toward clients. The author's black and white grouping of clients into two camps -- the quick learners going thru short term crisis, and the lifers who "want an hour to complain and carp without fear of contradiction" -- is pretty brain dead and nasty. This person simultaneously reveals how empty and stupid the practice is while echoing many of its worst tendencies: moral superiority, delusion of omniscience, presumption of insight, reductionist categorizing, self-righteousness lecturing and teaching.
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