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The therapy rackets//privatizing religion

June 26th, 2012 · No Comments

http://www.thenewatlantis.com/publications/psychotherapy-and-the-pursuit-of-happiness

The world of psychotheraphy is close to illusory, a statement subject to a number of qualifications, e.g. the psychiatric emergency functions of the psychiatrist, etc…

The world of psychoanalysis, unfortunately, set the tone for an immense mystification mixed with financial exploitation. How on earth did Freud and his successions get away with the truly outrgeous fee schedules we hear about in some amazement. Surely this is a racket able to use the insecurity of the neurotic to establish a false norm of by-the hour overcharge.
Such a statement is part of an uphill battle, and the norm has been established, and people are no longer agble to fight the system on this. But they can obviously elect to avoid it.

The real issues of the unconscious were never really understood by Freud.
Now the proliferation of therapies is almost grotesque. There is a simple substitute for those who are troubled by the prospect of therapy, and the damage it can inflict, to say nothing of the cost: simple meditation.
Free as air, and without the gross prejudices of therapies able to cleverly imposed their domination on ‘customers’.
It is always good to be wary of generalizations here, or blanket rejection of counselling processes, not our meaning.
But the gross abuse of theory, fee schedules, and ideological conditioning of most therapy deserves a revolt from those who can’t snap out of the clever con involved here.

The trap of trying to analyze the mind (but a dose of it is par for the course) is that it leads nowhere: meditation requires simply watching its activity. The process of awareness should itself lead to a kind of balancing.
And it is a lot cheaper!

Screw up your courage, and walk out, never look
back.

Note: much of the effort by commercial therapy resembles the tactics of privatizing public functionality.
Much of the impulse behind therapeutic commerce is to ‘expose’ religion, thus to move in and contral a type of market. That was completely transparent in Freud.
The problem here is obvious: those unable to pay get nothing.

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