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    What's your take on psychoanalysis?

    Pardon my shrinking that poll to only three options. If your take is not shown up there, please take the time to post a comment explaining it

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    Re: What's your take on psychoanalysis?

    Insane people talking to insane people.

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    Re: What's your take on psychoanalysis?

    Witch doctor mumbo-jumbo.
    Imho.

    Not science at all--more akin to some sort of performance art
    I may be wrong.

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    Re: What's your take on psychoanalysis?

    It's ridiculous, pseudoscientific quack medicine.
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    Re: What's your take on psychoanalysis?

    Quote Originally Posted by paris View Post
    Pardon my shrinking that poll to only three options. If your take is not shown up there, please take the time to post a comment explaining it
    I'm under the impression that it's sort of passé; that the psychiatric community today is more of the opinion that the answer to one's emotional and psychological problems will not be found in plumbing the depths of one's childhood recollections, but more typically in a pill bottle.

    I think a classical "psycholanalyst" could probably make a lot of money, because most people like to talk about themselves, are endlessly fascinated by the subject and never get tired of revisiting (and possibly revising) their own pasts, memories, relationships, etc... and some are willing to pay another person good money to listen.

    But I don't think psychoanalysis is much in favor right now.
    I don't think there was ever much evidence that it worked.
    I imagine in some cases, it probably made psychologically unbalanced people even worse.
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    Re: What's your take on psychoanalysis?

    It's gobbledygook which is at best the equivalent of talking things over with a good friend, and it worst highly damaging.
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    Re: What's your take on psychoanalysis?

    I believe that there should be more to field of mental health than drug-pushing. There is comfort and reassurance in making intimate human connection and finding understanding in another.
    When I was training as a suicide prevention counselor we were trained in only the most basic methodology of assessing the situation, expressing empathy and so forth. Yet there were, more often than not, startlingly positive results in just speaking and listening to people. In just being an objective outside observer you provide an outlet for people to vent feelings they were not comfortable sharing with those around them. And often based on this fact, people would come to startling realizations about the traumatic basis of many of their problems. So, without getting all into the Freudian basis of psychoanalysis I will assert only that in my opinion verbal counseling is often beneficial for people in states of crisis.
    1069 raises a good point though about revisiting and revising one's past, as there are numerous chronic callers on the suicide line who exploit it simply because it is a place where someone will listen. There are many deeply delusional callers who nightly re-invent their past.
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    Re: What's your take on psychoanalysis?

    I never wanted to **** my mother.

    But I did have some sexy ****ing cousins.

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    Re: What's your take on psychoanalysis?

    While it was a notable attempt to try to understand the Human mind, as well as correct its flaws, psychoanalysis has ultimately prove not to be based in evidence, and have little useful effect on treating psychological problems. It is best served as a footnote in history, or a parlor trick at parties. That said, drugging people on a hair trigger isn't exactly the most sterling replacement.

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    Re: What's your take on psychoanalysis?

    Quote Originally Posted by JW Frogen View Post
    But I did have some sexy ****ing cousins.
    Pretty sure everyone's got a similar story.
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