Thursday, July 24, 2008


A psychiatrist is a fellow who asks you a lot of expensive questions your wife asks for nothing. -- Joey Adams

Words are the physicians of a mind diseased.-- Aeschylus

To assume that either conversation or drugs --or a combination of both-- could solve all the problems of human existence and make every life fulfilled and complete is the kind of magical and wishful thinking that has made one class of our citizenry, the therapeutic community, successful and wealthy; and another class, their clients, more miserable and unsettled than they were before they began placing their hopes on the promissory note that someone else could tell them what to think and how to live, and thereby make them happy.---------- Robert A. Baker, American psychologist, from his book, "Mind Games: are we obsessed with therapy?";1996.

A wonderful discovery, psychoanalysis. Makes quite simple people feel they're complex. --S. N. Behrman

[Children who have undergone divorce counseling] have beentold how to feel and what to think about themselves by psychologists who are paid by their parents to make the whole thing work out as painlessly for the parents as possible. This, it seems, is a part of no-fault divorce. If ever there was a conflict of interest, this isfast are the sworn enemies of guilt. And they have an artificial language for the artificial feelings with which they equip children. Prosthesis for spiritual amputees, which unfortunately does not permit them to get a firm grip on anything." --Allan Bloom, 1985

In California, everyone goes to a therapist, is a therapist, or is a therapist going to a therapist.-- TRUMAN CAPOTE (1924-1984)

Psychiatry's chief contribution to philosophy is the discovery that the toilet is the seat of the soul. ~Alexander Chase , Perspectives.

Psychoanalysis will fade away just as mesmerism and phrenology did, and for the same reason - its exploded pretensions will deprive it of recruits Frederick Crews

Man has discovered that to kneel before God at least is more dignified than to lie down before a psychiatrist. --William A. Donaghy (1909-1975)

When there is no explanation, they give it a name, which immediately explains everything. --Martin H. Fischer (1879-1962) _Fischerisms_

Sure you can psychoanalyze, but, why bother to sort garbage. -- Martin H. Fischer

1965 youth, with casual flippancy, calls psychoanalysis "the examination of the id by the odd."
(in *What's Right With Our Young People* by Grace Nies Fletcher, 1966)

To be honest, as a humanist I don't much like the idea of sin. But given the choice of being powerless in the face of God or an impotent client of a therapist, I side with the Church. Therapeutic definitions of addiction elevate the sense of human powerlessness to a level unimaginable in mediaeval times. From the standpoint of our therapeutic culture, powerlessness becomes not merely an episode in one's biography but its defining condition. From this fatalistic perspective, treatment acquires a passive, even fatalistic, character. Addicts are told that they will never be completely cured. We have recovering sex addicts, recovering religious addicts and recovering alcoholics. No one ever really changes. That's why I say bring back the idea of transcendence. Frank Furedi, "Making a virtue of vice" The Spectator 12 Jan 2002

Of all the seven deadly sins, pride is the only one that has been completely rehabilitated. That is why pride is never diagnosed as a disease. The American sociologist Joel Best has observed that it is the absence of pride that constitutes a serious psychological problem. These days virtually every social and psychological problem is blamed on low self-esteem. The solution to poor educational performance, teenage pregnancy, anorexia, crime or homelessness is to raise the self-esteem of the victim. In our self-oriented world, society continually incites people to take themselves far too seriously. That is why pride has become one of the prime virtues of our time. - Frank Furedi, "Making a virtue of vice" The Spectator 12 Jan 2002

It should be noted that the therapeutic imperative alters the concept not only of sin but also of virtue. In the Middle Ages, practising the seven contrary virtues &emdash; humility, kindness, abstinence, chastity, patience, liberality, diligence &emdash; was believed to protect one against temptation towards the seven deadly sins. Today, people who practise some of these virtues are just as liable to be offered counselling as those who are tempted by sin. Kindness? Too much kindness may lead to compassion-fatigue. Diligence is sometimes dismissed as the act of someone suffering from a 'perfectionist complex'. Humble people lack self-esteem, and chastity is just another sexual dysfunction. Virtue is not so much its own reward as a condition requiring therapeutic intervention. - Frank Furedi, "Making a virtue of vice" The Spectator 12 Jan 2002

Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist ought to have his head examined.--Samuel Goldwyn

Psychology: The theory that the patient will probably get well anyhow, and is certainly a damned fool.-- H. L. Mencken

The field of psychology today is literally a mess. There are as many techniques, methods, and theories around as there are researchers and therapists. I have personally seen therapists convince their clients that all of their problems come from their mothers, the stars, their bio-chemical makeup, their diet, their lifestyle, and even the "kharma" from their past lives. -- Roger Mills

Good theology makes good psychology ~ M.Scott Peck

The science of Psychiatry is now where the science of Medicine was before germs were discovered.-- Malcolm Rogers

Psychoanalysis is an attempt to examine a person's self-justifications. Hence it can be undertaken only with the patients cooperation and can succeed only when the patient has something to gain by abandoning or modifying his system of self- justification. ~ Thomas Szasz, The Second Sin (1975)

It [psychology] is not merely a religion that pretends to be science, it is actually a fake religion that seeks to destroy true religion. ... psychotherapy is a modern, scientific-sounding name for what used to be called the "cure of souls" ... with the decline of religion and the growth of science in the eighteenth century, the cure of (sinful) souls, which had been an integral part of the Christian religions, was recast as the cure of (sick) minds, and became an integral part of medicine. Thomas Szasz

I stick to simple themes. Love. Hate. No nuances. I stay away from psychoanalyst's couch scenes. Couches are good for one thing. John Wayne (1907-1979) In "Reader's Digest," 1 Sep 1970.

A vigorous five mile walk will do more good for an unhappy, but otherwise healthy adult than all the medicine and psychology in the world.--Paul Dudley White

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