In search for a picture of the psycho analyst’s couch to illustrate the text below I found this review.
The sad thing is that people resort to all kinds of help of probably many doubtful sorts, when traditional therapy is criticized and traditional therapists are doubted on... I am for instance thinking of what Miller writes about Feeling therapy and degenerated species of that sort of therapy in her book "Paths of Life".
Yesterday on one of our meetings (the second of two with only three colleagues) at work a colleague mentioned something he believed in to another colleague (58 years I think) which have problems with her back and now also ears (more and more desperate, because of all her struggles with Försäkringskassan = "Social Insurances in Sweden"), to cure her illnesses, which traditional medicine doesn't seem to be able to cure... It was called Emotional Freedom Therapy (EFT).
This is really, really scary: people driven to desperate actions and trials for help...
So when I came home I made a Google search on it, because in fact I expressed doubts and cautions to these two colleagues (which didn't seem to understand what I meant though, so I put the whole down)... Here about the creator of this therapy and a link to a Swedish site.
Thinking of what Miller writes about our true feeling, our true selves and manipulative methods and concepts... I am very skeptical though to therapies like EFT, hope it's a sound skepticism... But what stands on these sites sounds very appealing!?? So no wonder a desperate individual tries it... And if such methods are successful it's because of the therapist and her/his ability for empathy and that she/he isn't scared for the truth or any truths!?? How horrible or unbelievable it even is??
I am reading about victims of Ewen Cameron's deeds ("Survivor Testimony of Lynne Moss-Sharman", a testimony of a woman which already as a child was exposed to Cameron's treatment!!! She is 60 years today only, so these things didn't happen further away, and the victims aren't older than so!! This article linked to in this blogposting), and a female therapist which met similar, horrible, stories in more than one patient and was courageous to believe that what she heard was true...
Here the text I wanted to quote about obsessions:
A man goes to a Psychologist and says,"Doc I got a real problem, I can't stop thinking about sex."The Psychologist says,"Well let's see what we can find out",and pulls out his ink blots."What is this a picture of?"he asks.
The man turns the picture upside down then turns it around and states,"That's a man and a woman on a bed making love."
The Psychologist says,"very interesting,"and shows the next picture."And what is this a picture of?"The man looks and turns it in different directions and says,"That's a man and a woman on a bed making love."
The Psychologists tries again with the third ink blot, and asks the same question,"What is this a picture of?"The patient again turns it in all directions and replies,"That's a man and a woman on a bed making love."
The Psychologist states,"Well, yes, you do seem to be obsessed with sex.""Me!?"demands the patient."You're the one who keeps showing me the dirty pictures!"