Bad Science Creates False and Dangerous Beliefs

Science is what is used to justify psychiatry today. If it is science at all, it is bad science. Both the pharmaceutical industry and many of today’s psychological theories including those that support CBT, employ the hoax of evidence-based psychiatry.

Why Was the Movie Theater Killer Spared the Death Penalty?

Why was the insanity plea nullified in the movie theater killings in Aurora, Colorado? The answer is simple - because the carnage was so horrendous that there was too much public pressure in favor of the death penalty. There was no way the insanity plea would be allowed. Nonetheless, Holmes was clearly and incontrovertibly psychotic and delusional.

Psychiatric Drugs Are False Prophets With Big Profits

The underling theory of somatic psychiatry is that the source of human struggle is considered to be the brain itself, rather than the person. Treatments that follow from this simplistic, mechanistic, and reductionist notion have been to act directly on the brain, always with violating and destructive outcomes. This is now the tenet of the American Psychiatric Society.

What Do Dreams Mean?

Dreams have fascinated people from the beginning of time. People believe dreams foretell the future; that they have psychological meanings; we commune with sprits and the dead; that there are visitations from ancestors; dreams are filled with omens and auguries. They are steeped in mystery, as if written in some kind of secret code, decipherable to a special few.

‘Empathy’ Is a False God

‘Empathy’ has been revered as the emotional analog of wisdom. I’m here to say that it is vastly overrated. It can even be a form of narcissism. ‘Responsiveness’ is the real source of the resonance of feeling between people.

Reflections on ‘Montage of Heck’

Cobain is the poster child for emotional devastation. And yet, at the same time, there is something in his music which resonates powerfully with his generation. This documentary affords us a view as to how it all got established and played itself out – his pain, his shame, his his inability to relate, his drug addiction, his art, his suicide.

What is Love?

For Mother’s Day this blog will not address the pressing issues of psychiatry today. Suffice it to say that the harm done by the twin traumas of deprivation and abuse generate all the psychiatric struggles we are all subject to. This is the other side of the story - my appreciation for what I have learned from my wife.

Real Psychiatry and Darwinian Evolution are One and the Same

The basic principle for the development of human personality is at one with Darwinian evolution. Psychotherapy is the treatment that addresses the human issues in precisely the way they were constructed in the first place.

Say ‘No’ to the Fiction of Brain Diseases

During my lifetime I have witnessed the fall of Freudian psychiatry and the ascension of molecular psychiatry. Unfortunately, we have gone from the frying pan into the fire. We need to restore psychiatry where it belongs. The psychotherapy of character is an art and a science that bridges the old divide between psychotherapy and the brain.

No, There Is no Such Thing as ADHD

Understanding the interplay of temperament and trauma reveals the fiction of ADHD.

Mourning – Death, Loss, Trauma, and Psychotherapy

Mourning is the process by which we heal from grief. I’ve heard people say, “What’s the point of grieving, you can’t bring a loved one back from the dead.” That of course, is true, but it is what allows us, the survivors, to return back to the land of the living and resume our lives.

There Is a New Paradigm for Psychiatry

The hope for a molecular-biochemical explanation for psychiatry is false. It is believed we are on the verge of proving that psychiatry is a brain disease, no different from cancer or diabetes. But there is a paradigm that fully illuminates psychiatry - the ‘Play of consciousness, which is consonant with biology, neuroscience, and evolutution.

Psychotherapy Is the Real Deal

As opposed to the fraudulent ‘chemical imbalance’ theory of ‘somatic’ psychiatry, psychotherapy not only effectively treats us, but it is consonant with the way psychiatric symptoms actually develop in the first place. The sad thing is we already have everything we need –the lost art and science of psychotherapy.

A State of Psychiatric Emergency

Psychiatry is fast approaching a death spiral which we as a society may not be able to recover from. In many residencies, psychotherapy is not even being taught. Many psychotherapists of all professions have been intimidated by specious neuro-biochemical theories, while others have simply given up. And now, there aren’t many remaining good therapists in practice anymore.

It’s Time to Scrap “Innocent By Reason of Insanity”

A crime should be defined by criminal behavior, not the state of mind of the accused.

Enough Is Enough Series #3: A Hallucinogen for Depression?

Now we have the false promise that the hallucinogen Ketamine, street name - Special K - raises hope as a treatment for depression. This tells us how far afield, my field, psychiatry has really gone - that it is even a consideration to use an hallucinogen for the treatment of depression.

Who Is Responsible for Your Teenager's Behavior?

Yes, a teenager is responsible for his actions. But he is still learning, and learns from taking responsibility. He still needs his parents’ vigilance, guidance, boundaries and love, so that he does not go too far astray, as well as being well-enough raised from the very beginning. So in that sense we have responsibility, too.

Robin Williams' Painful Suicide

I have stayed away from speculations about Robin William’s suicide. I don’t know what pushed him over and neither do you. It is important however, to take note that he was taking two antidepressants. And he began taking Seroquel a week before he committed suicide.

The Secret World of Schizophrenia

The treatment for schizophrenia and manic-depression have shockingly deteriorated throughout my professional lifetime, dating back to 1971. During the hopeful period of deinstitutionalization, it seemed like we were turning the corner. Finally, an enlightened age, finally. It didn’t happen.

Erasing Bad Memories Is a False Cure for PTSD

Creating the false promise that one can zap the brain and magically treat PTSD and depression misleads a gullible public. This kind of extrapolation from brain research is a dangerous practice. Lets not add lobotomy by laser to the dark arsenal of the long forgotten sordid history of modalities that act directly on the brain – lobotomies, ECT, and IST.

Are You a Participant or Are You an Observer?

A Participant easily and naturally engages through feeling with others. He is oriented to be immersed in the ‘play of consciousness,’. The natural orientation of an observer, on the other hand, is to process at a distance, He tends toward thinking, caution, circumspection, reticence, and figuring things out.

The Creation of a Bully, the Creation of Anxiety

An active temperament predisposes to creating a bully in the context of parental abuse. A passive temperament predisposes to anxiety and masochism in the context of parental abuse.

An Extrovert and an Introvert Were on a Plane

Introversion/Extroversion is the element of temperament that orients the Play of Consciousness from the point of view of ‘self’, or ‘other’. An Introvert who has been subject to abuse tends toward narcissism, while an Extrovert, in the context of abuse, tends toward echoism.

The Nature-Nurture Question: Nature

The operations of nature are not defined by genetically determined physiological brain mechanisms–genes, neurotransmitters, localized areas of cortex, etc.–as is commonly believed. Rather, they come from our genetically programmed temperaments. The role of temperament is to field and digest the impacts of "nurture" in the construction of consciousness.

The Nature-Nurture Question – Nurture

The Nature-Nurture question is the big question, It is central for psychiatry, childrearing and neuroscience. And of course, the answer is… its not either/or, but both. But this answer is insufficient on the face of it. We need to understand what nature and nurture really are, and how they actually work together.

The Idea That Suicide Is Caused by a Gene Defect Is Absurd

The idea that suicidality is caused by a defect in a gene is a total absurdity. And cortisol can predict suicidality? What has happened that this is even taken seriously?

"Evidence-Based" Psychiatry Is Evidence in Name Only

I completely agree that we need good science for psychotherapy and neuroscience. In truth, we need good science for psychiatry as a whole. We need good science. But "Evidence-based" psychiatry is evidence in name only, no substance.

Consciousness Encompasses and Reflects Chaos and Order

Chaos and order is the big subject of the universe – the creation of order out of chaos and the eventual return to randomness. By operating in a balanced way between order and chaos, the brain integrates new information, chaos, with its already stored order, present in memory as the ‘play’ of consciousness.

Yes, Psychotherapy Is the Answer

Psychotherapy is a rewarding and effective practice that encompasses the depth and reach of human nature. It effectively heals psychiatric symptoms, the struggles of human character, and allows for the recovery of authenticity and the capacity to love. Dispensing drugs is destructive and ineffective. If we let psychotherap die, then we will have to invent it all over again

A Unified Field Theory of Consciousness

The key to consciousness is that it is created by the limbic-cortical mappings of experience. A theory of consciousness has to correspond to the actualities of human nature. It has to be consonant with the living of a human life.

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