Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Say what?

Apparently, the American Psychological Association is advising their members to tell homosexual clients that they cannot change (arguably false, there are people who have done so), and then to tell those who do want to change that they can construct an identity that rejects one's sexual inclinations.

At face value, that would appear to mean that the APA is encouraging its members to cause schizophrenia among their clients. We have the bizaare phenomenon of people paying good money to become mentally ill--at least if the therapy is successful.

Further down in the article, it appears that the APA rejects studies that allowed the researcher to evaluate his own success--fair enough, but if you do so, you've got to reject the entire corpus of Sigmund Freud. It would seem that an awful lot of psychology would fall with such a provision being uniformly applied.

Maybe that's not such a bad idea after all! I had some counseling as a teen, and the defining moment was when the counselor spent about 15 minutes telling me that it was OK to "self-pleasure." The fun part; I had no clue what he was talking about, and he had no clue that I had no clue. As far as he was concerned, the windows into my psyche might as well have been made of granite.

H/T Gene Veith.


pentamom said...

FWIW, mainstream psychology is increasingly rejecting Freud, both his methods and his theories.

But consider that an interesting factoid, not an argument or even a quibble.

W.B. Picklesworth said...

Psychology goes hunting without a gun. It might find stuff that's wrong, but it doesn't have Jesus Christ to do anything about it.

Terry Lange said...

I am not surprised at all. Liberals are acting like liberals, nothing out of the ordinary.