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Avg: n/a   Vote: 1 2 3 4 5    8 comments, last: Dec-15-2011   Add   Contributor:  TheTeam (Feb-3-2009)
Optimism: 3 Categories: Economic/Financial, Philosophical & Quality of Life, Population Growth and Control

Yet many psychiatrists and psychologists refuse to entertain the idea that society as a whole may be lacking in sanity. They hold that the problem of mental health in a society is only that of the number of 'unadjusted' individuals, and not of a possible unadjustment of the culture itself.

 Author: Erich Fromm, The Sane Society
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Vote: n/a     Comment by: City Worker (Dec-15-2011)   
Yes, exactly!
Vote: n/a     Comment by:  PT (David Alexander) (Dec-15-2011)   Web site

It would have to be an emotional message, an exclamation, similar to sarcasm, e.g. "You could NEVER do THAT, could you?", so that both emotionally and intellectually a patient/client would have the opposite impression from that statement.

Could it be compared to a surgeon opening a person with a knife? If the one operating does not know enough, or is careless, a disaster can result.
Vote: n/a     Comment by: City Worker (Nov-21-2011)   

By the way, I’ve heard that some psychologists use tricky techniques to encourage behaviors like stating that certain functional behaviors are impossible, in order to encourage the patients to take on the dares. I, personally, think that even if it might work for some, for some, it will have the reverse effect, and it’s totally improper.
Vote: n/a     Comment by: City Worker (Nov-15-2011)   

Yes, and unfortunately, when the psychologist - to be blunt - gets critical things wrong.
Vote: n/a     Comment by:  PT (David Alexander) (Nov-15-2011)   Web site

Yes, agreed. Psychotherapy is important, but totally ignoring or even downplaying the importance of surrounding factors that contribute to dysfunction in an individual, can be a large error that makes the suffering worse for that individual.
Vote: n/a     Comment by: City Worker (Nov-15-2011)   

I’m not saying that the psychology and psychiatry of a particular society are totally without merit, as I’m sure neither was the renowned psychologist, Eric Fromm. I’m saying that one should look at the “expert” opinions and conclusions in the context of the background of the psychiatrists and psychologists, individually and as a group – their society, religion, culture, personality, intelligence,… with a healthy dose of skepticism.
Vote: n/a     Comment by: City Worker (Nov-15-2011)   

So sad. Especially when people are misguided and "get help".
Vote: n/a     Comment by: auntiegrav (auntiegrav) (Apr-6-2009)   

We've become "insane" living in the "civilized" world, and we do well to allow that reality to wash over us, and not take it too seriously. The more "outsider" we are, the likely we are to be closer to "sane" which marks us, surely, as deviants.

From Kathy McMahon, "Peak Shrink" at

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