|01-22-2010, 05:01 PM||#1 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jan 2010
Anyone having trouble with Politics injected into therapy
I was reading Steve's article "Coping with Tragedy and Loss" since I was doing research trying to cope with a horrific crime that took place in Tennessee. The shocking details of the crime left me depressed, angry and confused. But when I was reading Steve's article, I came across something that made me even more depressed, angry and confused. Steve's analogy of tragedies v. acceptable deaths:
Americans killed = terrorism. Americans killing = heroism.
I felt that Steve doing this was completely unacceptable and even disgusting and ignorant. How self serving to write an article about tragedy and to wire it with political bombs like that.
Sadly, politics is now everywhere in the mental health community, as is in all society. What do you think about breast feeding? It's now a political issue. How do you feel about skiing in Utah? It's now a political issue. Why do you prefer to eat that cheese rather than the other cheese? It's all political. You cannot escape it. I was reading another article about suffering and loss and the writer spent five paragraphs comparing the plight of black Americans with someone coping with the death of a loved one. It's amazing!
It seems to me that those who are in need of the most psychological help are the people working in the mental health field itself. Clearly they are coming out of graduate program assembly lines with all the same indocrinated hogwash. Do you realize how alienating and repulsive such political commentary is to many many people? Do mental health care workers really think it's important that people suffering need to know their political views?
This has become far too common. I had a friend who was in therapy and she had to end seeing her therapist because the therapist disagreed so ardently with her whenever she brought up something that the therapist felt went against Left Wing tenants. She had mentioned something about not understanding how a school could label a 6-year-old boy as a sexual predator merely because he pecked a female school mate on her cheek. The therapist then went into a radical feminist rant about the need to change boys views of girls before it's too late....
Has anyone ever wondered if the policalizaiton of all things is in itself a form of mental hysteria or sickness? It's becoming more and more clear to me that those coming out of colleges with MAs or PhDs in mental health fields are brainwashed into little political soldiers. It's scary to see the world falling apart with such irrationality.
Last edited by MarioSmario; 01-22-2010 at 05:04 PM.
|01-23-2010, 07:48 PM||#2 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jan 2009
A good therapist keeps his opinions and problems to himself. You are not paying a therapist to preach politics to you, you are paying him to help you work through a problem. If the session is not all about you, find a new therapist.
A blog post is a different matter entirely. Most bloggers are not attempting to be your personal therapist, and you have not hired them as such. Injecting politics into the message is what many good bloggers do.
I agree, though, that people shouldn't be so sensitive about political issues and should not let them saturate every part of their lives.
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