By Theodore Dalrymple
In Admirable Evasions, Theodore Dalrymple explains why human self-understanding has now not been bettered through the fake provides of different faculties of mental idea. such a lot mental factors of human habit aren't in simple terms ludicrously insufficient oversimplifications, argues Dalrymple, they're socially destructive in that they enable those that think in them to avert own accountability for his or her activities and to place the blame on a mess of scapegoats: on their adolescence, their genes, their neurochemistry, even on evolutionary pressures.
Dalrymple finds how the trendy colleges of psychoanalysis, behaviorism, smooth neuroscience, and evolutionary psychology all hinder the type of sincere self-examination that's essential to the formation of human personality. in its place, they advertise self-obsession with no self-examination, and the gross overuse of medications that impact the mind.
Admirable Evasions additionally considers metaphysical objections to the assumptions of psychology, and means that literature is a much more illuminating window into the human situation than psychology may well ever desire to be.
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The motion pictures The Ruling Class and King of Hearts and the play Marat/Sade all dramatize the fine line that can exist between reality and fantasy, between insight and folly. Page 15 light into component colors (Haugsgjerd 1983). This process, which occurs to some extent in groups of 'normals' as a result of the group regression, is quickened and heightened by psychotic level defenses and fragmentation processes, so that there is a sense of massive fusion of selves and confusion about which fragment or experience belongs to whom!
Thus, as Emily Dickinson's poem suggests, the contact between therapist and patient presages a clash of beliefs, of colliding worlds, especially within the context of the group and society, and the task of the therapist then becomes to establish rapport and a working alliance under this trying circumstance. 3 Thus, conducting group psychotherapy with psychotic patients is a challenge not only to therapeutic technique, but to the 'reflective space' (Hinshelwood 1994), the countertransference, and the very core of the therapist's self.
This is a time of challenge and of opportunity for the treatment of psychoses. Group therapy has come to play an important role in the treatment of psychotic disorders. Both psychoanalysis and intensive group therapy were initially used in contrast to ameliorative measures for 'higher level' disorders such as the neuroses, personality disorders, and traumatic stress. ) As Frieda Fromm-Reichmann (1953) (cited by Urlic, Chapter 6, p. ' And, we might add, another three to five decades to incorporate group therapy and Page 16 therapeutic community into the armamentarium.
Admirable Evasions: How Psychology Undermines Morality by Theodore Dalrymple