Psychiatry is bullshit, and so are your problems

The more we think, the more we talk, and the more we think.

Today I was having a conversation with someone who suffers from various forms of anxiety. Anxiety from not working, anxiety at the thought of flying, anxiety at the thought of being left alone for ten minutes. Damn near everything in this person’s life that is not perfect causes them anxiety. They were talking, and talking, and talking, and after almost an hour of talking, the result was a place that was no better or different to the one we began in. They felt a little better about having opened up, but there was no resolution.

Apart from the fact that I am not a trained psychiatrist, there was little difference between this and your stereotypical psych session. The patient talks about themself for an hour, and maybe feels a little better at the end, but ultimately nothing is resolved. It got me to thinking that modern psychiatry is complete bullshit.

The vast majority of the problems we have in life are psychological, and problems need psychological food to live. By thinking about them and talking about them we feed them and give them life. With each feeding our problems grow, and eventually they become big enough to destroy us. If we forget about our problems they cease to exist. By focussing on other things we stop feeding our problems and they lose strength. In time our problems become weak, and eventually they die.

How then is it helpful for anybody to sit there and endlessly talk about their problems? What we should be doing is the exact opposite. We need to forget about our problems. We need to stop feeding them and giving them life. By endlessly talking about our problems we are effectively endlessly talking about ourselves. This only serves to strengthen our focus on our own centre, causing a greater imbalance on the spiritual centre/periphery balance that is so essential to a happy and balanced life.

I once heard somebody say that if all your problems are about money then you don’t have any problems. That’s awesome, but we need to take that further and say that if all of your problems are about you then you need not have any problems. It’s different if your kids don’t have food to eat, or a loved one is ill, for these are real problems. But when you decide to sit there and talk endlessly about your shitty childhood, or how your wife left you for your best friend etc etc, then you need not have any problems. Traumatic or not, they’re all in your head.

Stop thinking about your psychological problems. Stop talking about them. Find something more important than yourself and focus all of your energy on it. Fall in love. Have a family. Be a philanthropist, or find God. Make your life’s centre something other than yourself. You don’t need medication. You don’t need to talk about yourself. What you need is something in your life that matters more than the bullshit that you call problems.

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  • Reply Jonathan Bernier February 12, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    “It’s different if your kids don’t have food to eat, or a loved one is ill, for these are real problems.”

    Exactly.

    These are real problems, and when psychology and psychiatry talks about “issues” and “problems”, it is always about sexual perversion, and nothing else.

    Psychiatry is bullshit, and we should take a gun, and kill psychiatrist. They steal our money, it is fraud, there is no medical condition in this, they hypnotize the world population with their bullshit and their mental masturbation.

    • Reply Toma February 12, 2013 at 9:59 AM

      You make an interesting point about sexual perversion. That topic warrants it’s own post.

    • Reply Jawon March 16, 2013 at 11:42 PM

      You are one stupid fk! How about disabilities like mental retardation don’t you consider that real?!

      • Reply Toma March 17, 2013 at 12:15 AM

        I did specifically say ‘psychological problems’. Are you implying that mental retardation is a psychological problem?

        • Reply Fred Zip August 21, 2013 at 12:37 AM

          Toma. You are an uneducated and dimwitted fool. If you had a brain, you’d be a cabbage. Whack jobs like you belong in scientology but thank you for your opinion. It’s duly noted and filed under trash

          • Nick July 5, 2014 at 11:41 AM

            Actually he sounds more educated than you. You called him names and insulted him, while giving no logical arguments.

          • Zak D. July 14, 2014 at 12:46 PM

            I second this.

        • Reply Ed July 10, 2015 at 8:35 PM

          That fact is we all going to die one day,and no matter how mush we try to run away from that fact, by keeping ourselves busy doing things in order to forget how insignificant we really are, we will have to face this fact. All our love ones will die someday and we must cope with it. God has put us all on death row. Until that day depression will keep knocking at our door.
          Maybe God is trying to tell us something.

          • Chris August 17, 2015 at 8:48 PM

            Death may be circumvented by better self repair technologies. Such technologies are being championed by sens foundation. I recommend listening to aubrey de grey on YouTube to get the lowdown on what might actually be possible if we support his work, Cheers!

        • Reply Chris McAulay October 27, 2015 at 11:40 AM

          psychology is every bit real as physiology – the only difference being that of scale and level of abstraction, why psychology seems less real is that it is more amenable to manipulation and it is also more ephemeral (at least certain aspects of it) in how it manifests itself

    • Reply Mave October 19, 2016 at 11:11 PM

      My friend killed herself a year ago. It made my sophomore year pretty shitty to say the the least. Everyday, I would wake up and think about it. Having one of my friends do that made suicide more real to me. Before it was an abstract option but after that, I could see myself doing it. My teachers would give me homework, my friends would complain to me about there parents, and my family would discuss different things. Everything in my life seemed meaningless and I wanted to die. Two things got me through it: I read a book in which one of the characters dealt with the loss of their mother and it helped me to grieve and I had friends who were there when I needed them. Psychological problems are not bullshit. Your callous disregard for depression, anxiety, and mental problems is complete and utter bullshit. I wanted to die because of my depression and if I had listened to some fucking asshole such as yourself I may have done it. I hope to god you only keep your fucking opinions on the Internet like a slug infested pile of shit so you never influence someone with depression to commit suicide. I came here wanting to see if you had legitimate reasons for your opinions and I was graced with the idiocy of a self-professed non-professional. I suppose it’s my own damn fault-but if you ever saw me you would tell me my depression was my own fault.

      • Reply endrun October 20, 2016 at 5:53 PM

        I would tell you that you are responsible for your own feelings and emotions just as everyone else is so responsible, not some imaginary invented “disease” by Psychiatry. Psychiatry is a terrible influence upon society because it allows people to all too easily refuse to accept a sense of responsibility over their own emotions and whatever actions they choose to take or not take based on those emotions. And really, that was what Dr. Szasz wrote and spoke about his entire professional life. I recommend reading Dr. Thomas Szasz, who was a Psychiatrist but roundly criticized his own profession and has become thus an historic icon who dared do all of that and wrote brilliantly as well. Let me posit one idea also: a quote self-professed non-professional need not be inherently an idiot nor his or her opinions need inherently be idiotic, which seems to be your argument(and it is a common one). The real issue is how Psychiatry measures up to the requirements of Science, and the simple fact is that it doesn’t. That is not to say that emotions are real and actions based on same or not real or valid. What it is to say is that the entire foundation which the very specific profession of Psychiatry is built upon is neither science nor medicine, and thus fails basic tests to have the skills or foundational underpinnings necessary to advance the lot of man based on those criteria. All prior progress of mankind has been based upon logic(not circular reasoning, which Psychiatry and its true believers “regularly use and abuse”), solid science based on adherence to the scientific method(hypothesis, experimentation, conclusion taking into account variables, and replication of results sufficient to state the conclusion appears to be solid)which Psychiatry studiously has avoided and will forevermore continue to avoid and shun. That is the fact.

      • Reply BALLSOFSTEEL December 24, 2016 at 3:47 PM

        “My friend killed herself a year ago”
        “Everyday, I would wake up and think about it. ”

        Well, maybe you weren’t a good enough friend, not present enough.
        I think about suicide every fucking day.

        I’m basically screaming for help, but nobody listens to it.
        People are always fucking busy with their bullshit to give me any attention at all.

        • Reply Toma December 24, 2016 at 4:17 PM

          Why do your affairs matter more than theirs? Because they’re yours??

  • Reply Gibran May 6, 2013 at 1:50 AM

    I’m going to have to agree with you, I don’t really see it as helpful. It seems like a psuedo-science.

    What seems to me the case is that these problems of depression have a lot to do with ingratitude. People just can’t appreciate-anybody. Not their parents, their friends, their siblings, children, and so on.

    I think these depressed people also make other people miserable.
    In any case, praise be to God(Alhamdulilah as I am a Muslim), I don’t have any psychological problems. If I do, it is really my own fault and not anyone else’s and I try to be better.

    • Reply Muhammad August 18, 2015 at 5:36 AM

      How about your psychological problem of believing in an imaginary figure? Lol

      • Reply comp November 28, 2016 at 11:00 AM

        may allah bless you

    • Reply endrun October 20, 2016 at 5:54 PM

      I would tell you that you are responsible for your own feelings and emotions just as everyone else is so responsible, not some imaginary invented “disease” by Psychiatry. Psychiatry is a terrible influence upon society because it allows people to all too easily refuse to accept a sense of responsibility over their own emotions and whatever actions they choose to take or not take based on those emotions. And really, that was what Dr. Szasz wrote and spoke about his entire professional life. I recommend reading Dr. Thomas Szasz, who was a Psychiatrist but roundly criticized his own profession and has become thus an historic icon who dared do all of that and wrote brilliantly as well. Let me posit one idea also: a quote self-professed non-professional need not be inherently an idiot nor his or her opinions need inherently be idiotic, which seems to be your argument(and it is a common one). The real issue is how Psychiatry measures up to the requirements of Science, and the simple fact is that it doesn’t. That is not to say that emotions are real and actions based on same or not real or valid. What it is to say is that the entire foundation which the very specific profession of Psychiatry is built upon is neither science nor medicine, and thus fails basic tests to have the skills or foundational underpinnings necessary to advance the lot of man based on those criteria. All prior progress of mankind has been based upon logic(not circular reasoning, which Psychiatry and its true believers “regularly use and abuse”), solid science based on adherence to the scientific method(hypothesis, experimentation, conclusion taking into account variables, and replication of results sufficient to state the conclusion appears to be solid)which Psychiatry studiously has avoided and will forevermore continue to avoid and shun. That is the fact.

      • Reply Toma October 20, 2016 at 8:17 PM

        Wonderfully stated. Unfortunately not only do people believe the lie, they pay for it, and in this very thread – they fight for it! This is what happens when we forgo the spirit.

        • Reply endrun October 21, 2016 at 3:44 AM

          Thank you for your kind words. There is one other thing worth noting, which is that people forego the very foundational principles of freedom PLUS responsibility upon which the United States of America was founded by consensus as expressed through the federal constitution, which was another of Dr. Szasz very salient, strong, and powerful points. Why would any “advanced” society defer to nonscience and the nonsense surrounding it and justify this to thwart and destroy such a foundation through unjustified and unjustifiable state laws concerning so called mental health? Yet we also , ie, the true believers, keep on insisting this is a good thing. “Go figure!!” I posit we can–and indeed MUST–examine THIS in order to trace the source(s) of our society-wide difficulties and do so in a manner that discards blind belief systems and the dogma attached thereto in favor of objective observation and science performed through the scientific method. There is no other way to achieve actual or real progress than to take such an approach. It’s as if someone said “Well listen….how do we get to the moon?” And the answer came back, “Well…first we have to have enough Psychiatric examination of astronauts so that they BELIEVE it is possible….and forget rocket science, physics, gravity, laws of planetary motion, weightlessness, engineering steering spacecraft, telemetry, technology designed to plan how to land on the moon and splash down into the ocean…what the HECK do we need all THAT stuff for–we have PSYCHIARY and that HAS to be GOOD ENOUGH!!”

  • Reply A guy from India May 6, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    Agreed on the not needing an “expert” to talk to part. Don’t agree on the forget your problems and find something else part. If you have a problem, best to deal it with sound reasoning. Figure out an apt solution and apply it.

    To solve my problems, I lock myself in a room, think for hours, sometimes an entire day and come out only for food. That is how I work, and my problems are not usually emotional but generally technical or science based, but if it works for me, it should work for anyone.

    Keep yourself from being distracted, lock yourself up and think and think till you have a solution. Read more, have a proof for every assumption of yours and be rational.

    • Reply Toma May 6, 2013 at 11:53 AM

      And I wouldn’t dare tell you your way is wrong because it works for you as a rational person, and it probably works for other rational thinkers, too. But what about those among us who are not rational and allow their emotions, which stem from their ‘problems’, to take control? For them, eradicating the emotion is not likely possible without eradicating the problem, or the perception of a problem.

    • Reply endrun October 21, 2016 at 3:50 AM

      You remind me of a man from India who came to this country(USA) and became a Microbiologist running a medical lab at a major hospital. His wife was enamored of Psychology, and he was constantly touting science and reasoning as a male-logical mind versus the female more malleable-illogical mind.
      That is however only part of it, because no one–no, not even I–can deny that in life we do have what Dr. Szasz called “life issues.” Life issues are not always solved by such a process, because they involved things like the complex processes of communication, individual perspective, and difference in shades of individual bias. They are not usually boiled down to straight logic, easy solutions, or easy answers that always work as we would prefer. Thus, we have to also come to terms with the principle that there are some things in life we cannot change–which is a principle incorporated into the serenity prayer. The serenity prayer is not bullshit–it is taught in many 12 step programs such as AA, and it works just as well as you work it and apply it. It is a spiritual principle and as such, is regarded by Psychiatry as withcraft or hocus-pocus, but it is much more scientific than Psychiatry is or ever could be.

  • Reply josh May 29, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    You clearly know nothing about the Psychology, yourself, or the human race in general. It’s a wildly fascinating and necessary discipline.

    • Reply Toma May 29, 2013 at 10:33 PM

      Hey Josh. I agree. It is a wildly fascinating discipline, but it is not a necessary one.

      • Reply Richard Rhodes February 6, 2014 at 4:58 AM

        I do believe that the problem here is that you aren’t drawing a line between psychiatry and psychology. “Psychiatry” which is what you claim to be talking about, is not at all what you describe. Over the past few decades psychoanalysis (talk therapy) has fallen out of practice by psychiatrist. Psychiatry is a medical practice. They focus mostly on drug therapy. Although I do agree that there are many over-exaggerated psychological issues in western culture, there are still psychological disorders that are easier to overcome with an outside force, such as a psychologist. Psychology on the other hand is simply the study of the mind. It is easy to question the use of psychology because you narrow it down to simply therapy. Psychologists do a lot more than act as a therapist. In fact, the role of a therapist is generally filled by a social worker nowadays. Originally psychiatrists offered talk therapy, then insurance companies refused to cover, as it doesn’t always present a diagnosis. The role of therapy then fell on psychologists, and over the past few years psychology itself has drifted away from therapy and it falls on those with a social workers degree. This is mostly because to practice psychology you need a PhD, as appose to the 4 years you need to become a social worker. The only cases where a psychiatrist practices psychoanalysis is with wealthy patients that pay with cash up front.

        Although I do agree with some of the fundamental aspects of your beliefs, the basis on which you believe them is incorrect and uninformed. You claim to not know anything about the study, and you still believe that it is useless. Maybe if you were more informed your mind would change, otherwise you only seem to be ranting about things you don’t understand.

    • Reply Gibran May 29, 2013 at 11:24 PM

      It’s clearly useless. I mean, how much has it helped? Wildly fascinating sure…..but the benefit is in the study not the psychiatry.

      • Reply Toma May 29, 2013 at 11:48 PM

        +1

  • Reply Henny June 25, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    Psychiatry is under the gun right now to prove itself and all of the phony ailments they have made up. Thank God it is the end of it. People have tested the system and gone in completely sane being diagnosed, given pills and weren’t able to get out in over 2 months. It is such a quack practice. Don’t ever take someone to a shrink or psych ward. It is totally useless. Take them to an MD or have them start practicing yoga and meditation. It could be something in their diet too. Psychiatry is wacko!

    • Reply Georgiy Potulov July 23, 2013 at 4:25 AM

      Hey, I agree with you all except the very end. Meditation and yoga is a form of an escape. Yoga has it all wrong. These people in the past copied a person such as Buddha and the asanas, it happened without any volition of his or any other sages. People who copy certain positions and breaths only make their breathing more unnatural and take them off of their natural rhythm.. People who practice yoga receive these wild visions only because they are breathing unnaturally, dieting, fastening, not enough sleep, and they start to hallucinate and have all of these experiences that they consider holy. Spiritualism is like any other Religion or drug. They both are seeking a high fulfillment/escape. And when the experience ends, they eventually come back to their misery. Sure it might work temporary, so will a pill. But in the end your body rejects pains and pleasures. Thought can really be the enemy.. U.G. Krishnamurti greatly explains this.

    • Reply endrun February 6, 2014 at 6:32 AM

      I am replying to Henny, in case there is any confusion on this point.
      Henny, you are absolutely correct, 100%. I had Celiac Sprue and diagnosed myself–correctly–at age 45. Before that I suffered what would have been needless suffering had the correct diagnosis been made and the correct treatment been offered. Psychiatry will never–repeat, never–apologize for cases like mine. They just say “Well there are overlapping conditions”. Their glib explanation for all their bullshit diagnoses is dangerous to human rights and should be ended. Unfortunately, too many people in this society agree with promoting Psychiatry, so that is not going to happen any time soon if at all. So there is sadly no reason to be optimistic about the imminent demise of Psychiatry. Good people standing up and calling for it consistently and loudly enough might be able to do it. That’s all.

    • Reply Astralwolf37 January 9, 2016 at 4:21 AM

      Henny, you are SO dead on! Everytime I go near psychiatry, I see the con for what it is: pathologize our more difficult emotions and human struggles, charge exorbitantly for the cure. Throw in a few dangerous drugs for added profit and to cause axillary “psychological” problems that require additional treatment.

      The issue that makes psychiatry pervasive is the one percent or less of the population with legitamatelly, physically broken minds. I’m talking the severely delusional and manic who need meds just to function, and it doesn’t appear to be a disease in the MD realm. That one percent minority is what psychiatry legitimizes itself on.

      • Reply endrun January 15, 2016 at 8:04 PM

        There is no standard for determining “a legitimately broken mind.” In fact, the very concept is invalid. The “mind” is not an organ such as the brain–it is an abstract construct. There is also no standard for determining a “legitimately broken brain”–apart from known brain disease,ie brain tumors,verifiable brain injuries from head injuries, etc. For example, let us suppose someone is uttering things that you or I find uncomfortable. That is not an objective standard, and that is not science. It is subjective and thus unscientific bullshit!!

    • Reply Closet Non-Compliant September 16, 2016 at 8:59 AM

      Henny, I agree with you. Psychiatrists are dangerous! I’ve been in the system for 25 years. Nobody gets better, quality of life is abysmal, and we generally die before 53. If you aren’t in the Mental “Health” System stay as far away from those quacks as possible! They’re even crazier than any of the people they pretend to “help.”

  • Reply You’re not depressed. You’re selfish. August 9, 2013 at 11:22 PM

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  • Reply X August 12, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    I pretty much agree. Although I don’t agree 100%. I’ve been seeing a psychologist for a year now, and it’s different in that, yes, I talk about my problems for 40 minutes or so, but then for 20 minutes we discuss being positive and changing my negative way of thinking and not to blame others for everything and things like that. My doctor encourages his patients to think positive and doesn’t give drugs, because they don’t really fix the root of the problem (way of thinking) but instead its symptoms. And by thinking positive, I end up being grateful for everything and everyone in my life. I end up looking out for others more so than for myself because I don’t need to worry about my own problems anymore because they’re not the all-consumming monsters I thought they were nor are they as important as I thought. All this to say, I agree that sometimes psychologists/psychiatrists aren’t helpful, but if they use good methods they can do a world of good.

    • Reply Jeff May 1, 2014 at 1:24 AM

      How do you DEFINE using “good methods”?? I have never ever–ever–found any such professional to use any method that is at all USEFUL in a POSITIVE MANNER. All the methods and ideas they use are either a)complete bullshit or b)have negative effects. Thus, I cannot and do not agree.

      • Reply X May 1, 2014 at 4:40 AM

        That’s okay, I can respect that. I’ve seen lots of different types of professionals, too, and quite frankly I don’t know what some of them were even trying to accomplish. This one professional I started working with, the one I referred to in my post, does hypnotherapy which, for me personally, was really helpful. By “good methods” and “positive manner” I mean that he encourages positive thinking in his patients (changing even the way you speak, saying things like “I’ll do it” rather than “I’ll try to do it” helped me a lot) and, rather than letting his patients expect that he “fix” them, he acts more as a guide and someone to encourage the positive thinking, which I now do mostly automatically. By “good methods” I mean not letting the patient do all the work themselves to improve, but not let them expect the professional do all the work, either. A healthy balance. I’m sorry if I touched a nerve or generalized. I probably shouldn’t have said anything at all because I can only really speak from personal experience. Have a good day :)

  • Reply TK September 25, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Hi Toma,
    I stumbled upon your site and have read a number of your posts. I find your viewpoint on modern psychology fascinating. I am studying to become a psychologist and have also been to therapy myself. Having gone through a lot during my teenage years, I would say that having an outsider (therapist) to talk to me after the loss of my mother helped immensely. My therapist and I have set out clear goals, without having that guidance I would never have gotten to where I am today. Suppressing your emotion and your issues does nothing but bring pain and it can even be manifested physically. Having schizo-affective disorder isn’t me just complaining about my problems, it is a mental illness with a serious stigma. Things in reality aren’t so simplistic and black and white, if they were there wouldn’t be any mental illness.

    • Reply Toma September 28, 2013 at 8:08 AM

      Thanks for your feedback, TK. People love to talk about their problems, and then they put them back in the cage. It’s not about suppressing your thoughts, it’s about letting them fly away.

      • Reply TK October 1, 2013 at 5:47 AM

        if we didn’t need psychiatry then why are there problems today, that view is very idealistic there are tons of people in this world who would benefit from psychology. From people who suffer from PTSD to those who want to commit suicide because of depression. This whole letting your thoughts fly away stuff is bogus. Are you saying that every person who was part of the history of psychology, Alfred Adler, Sigmund, Freud Bandura all of the things they’ve done for the world are for nothing? There are tons of researchers,bio-psychologists, industrial organizational psychologists in the field helping us to better understand ourselves. There is more to psychology than just counseling :) Also I think your friend must just have a really bad therapist.

    • Reply Jeff December 29, 2013 at 1:00 AM

      If there were no Psychiatry there would not be the concept of “mental illness”, no human rights violations from coercive Psychiatry, and no “top down dictation” from Psychiatry to Psychology to Social Work.
      And Toma, you are not correct about one thing, which is Psychology and Psychiatry do not use much science to speak of:they do use the language of science, but without the scientific method attached thereto, which ultimately is devoid of science. Simple as that.

      • Reply Glen April 16, 2015 at 6:02 AM

        Before psychiatry where did people go if they heard voices or such. A priest to exercise evil spirits out of the body. Psychiatry is pretend science all they want to do is use mind altering drugs and or shock therapy. This is not a treatment as psychiatrists call it it is torture. When a person is on the psych medication they are in a subconscious state in other words they have no control on what enters and leaves the body. Psychiatrists know this so to make sure they keep control of the patient they tell them not to go off their medication. or they will relapse. The truth is if they go off their medication they start to gain control of their own life. Good for the person not good for the psychiatrist. This medication they use interferes with the neuro-transmitters. In other words messages getting to the mind body and back again. I have spoken to many people on these mind altering drugs and i have asked them how they effect them. They said that the drugs makes their head feel fuzzy. They know what they want to say but they have trouble putting it into words. How can this be a positive thing for a person It takes away their ability to communicate.

        • Reply Closet Non-Compliant September 16, 2016 at 9:14 AM

          Glen, yes it is good to go off your brain drugs in most cases. But if you have been on them for more than a month you need to seriously educate yourself before going off. Avoid cold-turkeying. Some of the crap I’ve been on is more addictive than heroin. Very much so. Going off it all at once can cause permanent brain and nerve damage and might even kill you. I am slowly tapering off a powerful SSRI and suffering physical symptoms similar to lupus. Plus I have a terrible antibiotic resistant strain of strep from a compromised immune system. May take me 18 months to become drug free.
          Safe and effective my foot!

  • Reply Larry October 2, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    Psychiatrists and psychologists are not the same, Mr Toma. There are plenty of psychiatrists who could care less about psychology and vice versa. Prescribing drugs is ot the goal of a psychologist. There are also a great many psychologists who have treated their clients with CBT therapy and other mindful therapies and made a world of difference. The therapist and client work as a team and adjust framing of mind and eliminate cognitive distortions while adjusting behaviors to be more positive. You clearly have no experience with the positive effects of talk therapy and have no desire to learn about them. So if you can stay ignorant to other things aside from religion then you can preach away blindly. But let us not become too blind to other options, for we dig our own graves and support digging them for others in the meantime. Don’t allow your obsession with religion close so many doors, Mr Toma. It can happen all too easily and unconsciously.

    • Reply Toma October 2, 2013 at 11:21 PM

      I’d be interested in any good links you may have to share.

      • Reply Larry October 3, 2013 at 10:38 AM

        Yes, I do have a good one to start with. I went to hear Mr Eckhart Tolle speak years ago and found out about this woman who he greatly supports. I looked into her work and discovered a very enlightened woman. She has made her mark in the world of psychology and now therapists use her work with CBT (the two are very similar approaches) and have had great success. Of course the client must work. A therapist is there as a guide and support. Her name is Byron Katie. She wrote “Loving What Is” and “The Work” and other pieces as well. Here is a link to an interview with her

        http://skillsforawakening.com/solutions/interview-byron-katie/

        • Reply Toma October 8, 2013 at 2:40 PM

          Thanks very much, Larry. I read the post and greatly enjoyed it, and knowing it is being put into practice made me smile. If the majority of psychologists start taking this sort of perspective then I will change my stance very quickly. For now though, it seems psychology is still being taught and practiced as more of a science than an art. If it continues to be viewed as a science then the solutions will continue to be scientific, and will remain comparatively ineffective. But you have shown us that there is some light.

  • Reply Peter December 21, 2013 at 8:53 AM

    I do agree with you, but ‘falling in love’ is not the answer. That’s when your problems really begin, having to be ‘special’ to someone else. I can’t live up to that. I would need to maintain it and ensure my specialness is always in place. The day someone says I’m ‘special’ is the day I’m in big trouble.

    As for psychiatry, one of the biggest frauds in mankind’s history, read Psychiatry: The Science of Lies, by Dr Thomas Szasz, a psychiatrist himself. He lays it on the line for our dumb society, once and for all.

    Do you know that psychiatrists have the highest alcoholism, divorce and suicide rates? Psychiatrists make up only 6% of doctors, yet they account for 33% of all sexual crimes committed by doctors. The percentage of sexual molestation by psychiatrists is 37 times greater than that of the general public. Psychiatrists have grafted themselves onto the medical profession over the years and ‘invented’ a role for themselves. Read how psychiatry has conned us right, left and centre. Read the book and you won’t think the same way again about this industry again.

    As for ‘falling in love,’ geez, I’d get that right out of my head. Imagine thinking you are ‘in love.’ It’s an illusion of the worst kind. If we are all so in love, why does California have a divorce rate of 76%, for instance? We are all so spiritual now, New Age, non-judgemental and politically correct, we’ve had the guts torn out of us by our masters. But that’s another story, not to be discussed here.

    Best wishes to everybody, including those who think they are in love.

    – Peter

    • Reply Toma December 29, 2013 at 10:44 PM

      Thanks very much, Peter. I’ve just picked myself up a copy. It looks like a great read.

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