We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I enjoy Schneiderman's posts, but this one is too black-and-white. He was Psychoanalytically-trained, and so was I. I no longer practice classical Psychoanalysis but I do a lot of what I term "Psychoanalytically-informed supportive therapy" which is sort-of what CBT is.
CBT, DBT, whatever. CBT is no big deal. There are always new therapy fads with new names but they all have one of two goals: glueing together someone who has become unglued, or carefully unglueing somebody who is so over-glued that they cannot live. Or something like that.
Thanks for the mention, Dr. Bliss. I agree with your assessment of my position, though I would point out that I was reporting on a story in The Economist, which in its turn was reporting on surveys and studies performed by the British National Health Service... and also the experience of patients. CBT has been around for some time now and has been taking over in America. Psychiatric institutions that used to base treatment models on psychoanalysis now want residents to be trained in CBT. For my part, as I argued in my book The Last Psychoanalyst, I do not believe that CBT and its offshoots are compatible with orthodox Freudian psychoanalysis, but that's a different debate.
Cheesh, live and learn, I thought CBT stood for cock and ball torture