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Thursday, January 15. 2009
Everybody at Maggie's has seemed too busy to do much writing of his own this past month or so, so we have been throwing up link posts without adding much to them. I am in the same boat at the moment.
Ars Psychiatrica on The Impossible Profession
Eric Kandel on the biology of psychotherapy
Neoneo on long-term psychotherapy.
Photo of Freud demonstrating his tobacco-inspired analytic technique via Neoneo.
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Ahh, more links of shrinks patting themselves on the back.
I don't get what's up with the big shrink interest on a conservative blog site. I thought people of a conservative bent either had more backbone and/or were closer to God and thus less in need of shrinks. It seems to me that a good bit of the left-wing mentality of helplessness and fear gets a lot of support from this profession-masquerading-as-a-science. As always, my criticism excludes cases involving serious chemical imbalances.
OT, but there’s been an awful lot of “helplessness and fear” coming from “conservatives” as well. Islam, terrorism, atheism, the media, the entertainment industry, dealing with illegal aliens, gays, guns, babies, drugs, academia, crime, postmodernism, Schaivo – if many “conservative” citizens didn’t feel helpless and fearful about controlling these issues by themselves they wouldn’t be clamoring for more government power over those issues. Sounds like you’re talking about libertarian conservatives?
semantics. To me there's a difference between conservative and "right wing" just as there is between "liberal" and "left-wing". But hey, that's just me. AGW, health care "crisis", 9/11 "truthers", blah blah blah. At least from the right there's two smoking holes in NYC to point to point to, not that I'm accepting your premise. I could be more eloquent but as I get up at 5 AM it's time for bed. Say goodnight, Gracie.
"Conservative" should be what conservative does. Instead, it's nothing more than a tribe that anyone with the correct password can gain entrance to.
Why is that song by those guys with flower pots on their heads looping through my head?
"Whip it,..... whip it good.....nah nah nah nah...whip it, whip it good!"
I can't for the life of me re-find the web source of a breakdown by percentage of psychiatry patients by their avowed faith. The article, if I recall correctly, found that people of faith tended to seek out a shrink with significantly less frequency than those claiming no particular religious affiliation. Within that group, by far and away the smallest percentage was assigned to the Catholics; the author surmised that the practice of Holy Confession largely negated the need to take to the couch. I think it may have been Lutherans or Episcopalians that spent the most time on their back, talking about themselves. Still, no where near as much time in session as the atheist.
When I was in high school, I lived in the north country surrounded by a population of 98% Catholic. I remember riding around drinking beer on Saturdays with my friends when someone would say - "Hey..it's one O'clock!" and off to the church we'd go. I'd sit in the car holding all the beer while they ran in for confession. They'd come back and I'd hand their beer back while they chortled and said how many Hail Marys they'd gotten. They'd laugh and say something like, "Start over!" and off we'd go. As a Presbyterian I thought to myself, 'What a waste of time.... I've got the forgiveness and I don't have to tell anyone anything because it's not my fault.'
Predestination. What a great way to go.
Shrinkage is most often needed when there’s:
1. substance dependency issues
2. an inability to handle damage inflicted by another
3. a lack of basic survival skills
4. sociopathic behaviors which are not genetic in nature
5. nobody else to help clear a stuffed up head
In every case, the patient needs competent knowledge and wisdom. If it comes in the form of teaching self-reliance, so much the better, but it’s still always best if that teaching is competent and wise.
Beyond that, I don’t understand what shrinkage can do that disciplined journaling and research couldn’t do. Or maybe I'm just temperamentally tuned to a more self-reliant behavioral-cognitive approach than Freudian methods?
Nicely written, CC. (Which means good thinking....) Most therapy is cognitive behavioral therapy these days. Your numbers 2 and 3 are good. #2 can create the conditions for the rest of them and it's sometimes tough to handle that one alone. Your use of the word 'survival' is poignant and exact.
Yes, good points. Though my response to #2 is God (literally) help the person whose damage was inflicted by another shrink.
And while I agree about the "competent and wise" parts...well there's some parallel to Diogenes but I can't find the words right now.
I agree about disciplined journaling.
Check this story out. It's so wrong on so many levels it makes your mind shut down. But check out the reasoning, or lack of, in the third-to-last paragraph: Execution was put off for two years because the woman was depressed. Like she's going to come out of that depression knowing she'll be executed? Mind-boggling.
(01-16) 04:16 PST SHANGHAI, China (AP) --
A court in central China has sentenced a woman to death for hiring someone to strangle her 9-year-old son so she could have another child with her new husband without violating population laws, a court official and reports said Friday.
The case stems in part from Chinese policies — in effect for more than three decades — that limit most couples to only one child.
The Higher People's Court in Shaanxi province ordered the death penalty for former bank clerk Li Yingfang, overturning a lower court decision that might have allowed her a life sentence, said a court official.
The official at the lower court in Weinan, a city in Shaanxi, said he was familiar with the case and confirmed that the death sentence had been ordered. As is common with Chinese officials not authorized to speak to media, he gave only his surname, Liu.
Calls to the Shaanxi Higher Court rang unanswered Friday.
Liu also confirmed reports by Shaanxi Television that said Li, 36, gave custody of her son from her first marriage to the boy's grandmother after her first husband died.
She remarried, but her second husband also had a daughter from his first marriage, so the couple could not legally have another child, it said.
The report said Li first paid 70,000 yuan (about $10,000) to have a man named Wang Ruijie kill her second husband's daughter, but the girl resisted and escaped. Li then took her son to a meeting with Wang, who strangled the boy and left him by a rural road.
Li initially received a death sentence suspended for two years because she had suffered from depression after having two abortions due to the rules against her bearing another child, the reports said. Such sentences are often commuted to life in prison.
But the higher court found that her depression was not directly related to her crime.
Wang also was given a suspended death sentence, which the higher court upheld. Both were ordered to pay compensation to the bereaved grandmother.
There are significant differences but this so reminds me of that Smith woman in South Carolina who rolled her car into a lake with her two boys inside.
oh. :( No thanks for the reminder of that horror. I remember watching as the police investigators realized the truth, and I recall the utter shock and disbelief on their faces. It mirrored all of us, but I felt so for them because they were so close to it. It makes you wonder how cops survive without serious PTSD. Forget acts of nature, acts of war.... acts of human nature can be the worst.
Yes, well we have the Calley Anthony case going on down here in FL now. That's a shrink goldmine itself, however to your point about cops, I've tended to support our local police but I'm starting to have my doubts. i feel for the guys like you describe who put their heart and soul into such cases only to be disappointed. Yet it appears to me that Atlas has shrugged in this department and an increasing number of cops are just lazy. I've seen a trend in our local police of blaming the victims of crimes and in this Anthony case a citizen led the cops to the location of the body months ago and the cop that showed up to investigate apparently walked right past the body. It's like I said before, you can't trust anybody to do their job anymore.
Great photograph. A Ziegler Mahal came up to auction at Sotheby's this past November 25th.
"it belonged to Sigmund Freud who acquired the piece for his home in Vienna. Interestingly, Freud's brother-in-law was a carpet dealer and while there is no evidence suggesting that Freud purchased this piece from him, there is a distinct possibility that there were transactions between them. When Freud left Vienna for London in 1938 he transferred his entire collection, including the lot offered here, to his new home. "
Random, but true. Rug Rag for maggiesfarm Blogroll! Lol,