If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you might have picked up on a theme addressing psychology and psychologists which gently hints that the alleged science is bogus, its practitioners frauds, and its consumers either unfortunate vulnerable victims or moronic self-indulgent dipshits.
Okay. No more Mister Nice Guy. Here’s something that demonstrates just how nasty and ignorant these professional crock-slingers really are — so anally/cranially inverted (medical term for “asshat”) that even they finally understand it themselves:
The mental fallout from the Sept. 11 attacks has taught psychologists far more about their field’s limitations than about their potential to shape and predict behavior, a wide-ranging review has found….The report, a collection of articles due to be published next month in a special issue of the journal American Psychologist, relates a succession of humbling missteps after the attacks.
Chaos reigned in the New York area after the twin towers fell, both on the streets and in the minds of many mental health professionals who felt compelled to help but were unsure how. Therapists by the dozens volunteered their services, eager to relieve the suffering of anyone who looked stricken. Freudian analysts installed themselves at fire stations, unbidden and unpaid, to help devastated firefighters. Employee assistance programs offered free therapy, warning of the consequences of letting people grieve on their own.
Some given treatment undoubtedly benefited, researchers say, but others became annoyed or more upset. At least one commentator referred to therapists’ response as “trauma tourism.”
“Trauma tourism.” Great. PhDs from around the nation, experts in gushing professional sympathy, descend on New York to ooze empathy and accomplish little more than (a) embellishing their own credentials, and (b) upsetting their patients.
I suspect they sniffed opportunity among the asbestos dust — to claim in future self-promotional literature and on their résumés that their counseling experience includes 911survivors. Good for business, y’know? Compare this motivation to the that of the legions of Salvation Army soldiers who selflessly dwell in the depths of human reconstruction daily.
“We did a case study in New York and couldn’t really tell if people had been helped by the providers — but the providers felt great about it,” said Patricia Watson, a co-author of one of the articles and associate director of the terrorism and disaster programs at the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress. “It makes sense; we know that altruism makes people feel better.”
Got that? The one positive result is that the practitioners themselves felt better afterwards. 911 was good for their self-esteem as well as their professional advancement. Seems like they have things in common with the terrorists.
But researchers later discovered that the standard approach at the time, in which the therapist urges a distressed person to talk through the experience and emotions, backfires for many people. They plunge even deeper into anxiety and depression when forced to relive the mayhem.
Standard operating procedure in the head shrinking industry. If they can get you to relive your worst haunting nightmares, they’ll keep you dependent on their services on the tragic and wrong-headed premise that it’s doing you a world of good. In this regard, they’re worse than street corner drug dealers, who happily supply your inventory, but make no imbecilic claims about any benefits their product or service provides.
For all their fury and devastation, the attacks gave rise to no new theories of behavior, no new therapies….. “The closer scientists come to applying their favorite abstractions to real-world problems,” the article concludes, “the harder it becomes to keep track of the inevitably numerous variables and to resist premature closure on desired conclusions.”
They learned: Nothing. They never will because there’s nothing to learn. Psychology is even less of a science than economics, about which we’re heard ‘way too much recently and learned ‘way too little.
But we can draw a conclusion or two. Stay away from these quacks and frauds because they’re in love with themselves and their self-referential theories which incapacitate their reasoning in return for remuneration. You’re better off talking to your bartender — you’ll save a lot of money, and he serves drinks.