Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Bob Newhart and the Untherapy

I may be the last person to have seen this, but, if so, then perhaps there are a few others who have also missed this Bob Newhart skit about how to treat claustrophobia. Better yet, for those who still retain their allegiance to Lacan, it's a short session.

Link here.

My thanks to Ari Mendelson for sending it along.

As for the larger question, is there a truth behind Newhart's joke? Perhaps there is. I believe that most therapists agree that phobias do not respond to classical insight-oriented therapy. They would most likely prescribe a cognitive-behavioral treatment for such problems.

Allowing people to believe that their psychological difficulties mask deep meanings or unresolved mental conflicts does not make them better. It encourages them to hold on to the problem.

1 comment:

PhD Misdemeanours said...

Government Funding / Research Scandal
It's an ingenious form of white collar crime:

PHD credentials / contacts, an expendable family, participation of a dubious core of
established professionals, Unaudited Government agency funding (GamblingResearch.org ), identity protected by Privacy Commissioner Office of Canada, (Jennifer Stoddart), unlimited funding (under the guise of research grants), PHD individuals linked with the patient (deter liability issues), patient diagnosed with mental illness (hospital committed events = no legal lawyer access/rights), cooperation of local University and police (resources and security); note the Director of Brock University Campus Security.

This all adds up to a personal ATM; at the expense of Canadian Taxpayers!
"convinced" to be taken to St. Catharines General hospital (2001) and conveniently diagnosed with a "mental illness" (hint: Hallucination type; "forced" to consume "prescribed" corresponding medication for "cognitive" purposes )
**The Psych convinces the patients fragmented family, 70 yr old mother, 10 yr old nephew and his divorced sister (who rented across the incredibly "swank" and "beautiful" home of Marianne Edwards ( ex-Brock instructor ) and her husband (lawyer)), to move in together.

They comply and obey to the "Doctor's" credentials, contacts, and financial gifts.
"Where" and "How" have the participants been receiving their (lavish?) incomes from the past 8 years? Government Agencies like http://www.gamblingresearch.org/content/research.php?cid=3370&appid=2561 (annual grants up to 500 k ) ?

The link above takes you directly to one of their research teams. Lisa Root, ironically, met with me during the 2001 incident as a C.A.M.H. employee, who I was "encouraged" to meet.

Medicine Gone Bad