Thursday, April 5, 2012

Nutiness Apotheosized

Here below is  an example of today's psychotherapy. Look at her honors; a consensus of dunces, a complicity  of intellectual fools bereft of feelings who know  nothing of neurology or any understanding of what is going on in the brain.    And she has inveigled top ranking shrinks and neurologists into her scheme. The  is Booga-booga brought to its asymptote.  She is approved by a body  representing all psychiatrists  in America.  It is all about "taking   control of your life," that is distracting your mind away from reality.  Yes she does genuflect before old memories but then she uses that only to identify what is below current complaints. But if the memory is too powerful or too early or nonverbal, then what?  I have written a very long piece on this in my blog (in 4 parts, here is the first part.  Look it up.   art janov

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Ask an Expert About E.M.D.R.


The psychological therapy known as eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, or E.M.D.R., has gained increasing attention in recent years as a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder among returning war veterans and others suffering from the results of serious trauma. The integrative approach uses rapid eye movements and other procedures to access and process disturbing memories.

“Recent research has demonstrated that certain kinds of everyday life experiences can cause symptoms of P.T.S.D. as well,” says Francine Shapiro, the originator of E.M.D.R. “Many people feel that something is holding them back in life, causing them to think, feel and behave in ways that don’t serve them. E.M.D.R. therapy is used to identify and process the encoded memories of life experiences that underlie people’s clinical complaints.”
The therapy has been recognized as effective by numerous organizations, including the American Psychiatric Association and the Department of Defense, but controversy exists as to how it works.
This week, Dr. Shapiro joins the Consults blog to answer readers’ questions about E.M.D.R. She is a senior research fellow at the Mental Research Institute in Palo Alto, Calif., director of the EMDR Institute, and founder of the nonprofit EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Programs, which provides pro bono training and treatment to underserved populations worldwide. Her latest book is “Getting Past Your Past: Take Control of Your Life with Self-Help Techniques from EMDR Therapy” (Rodale, 2012).


Here are the links to the 4 part article I wrote about EMDR in March 2011:

EMDR Part 1/4
EMDR Part 2/4
EMDR Part 3/4
EMDR Part 4/4


  1. Hi all,
    1999-2000 I tried EMDR - it didn’t work.
    I went for EMDR because of my debilitating night fear. Before EMDR I had a feeling how and when my night fear was imprinted. After EMDR I have no more access to the imprint - my night fear still exists.
    I explained this feeling of access to the night fear to the EMDR therapist and she was convinced that “this is good”. I argued the contrary saying, “if I know when and how the fear was implemented I can erase it”, and if it is good, why do I still have this fear? Her answer was “it will go away”. 13 years later my night fear is just as strong as before EMDR, with the difference being I have no more memory back the original imprint .

  2. Apparently one way to ruin a truth is to misrepresent it by linking it to bullshit. According to some, it's a deliberate technique of counter-propaganda, sometimes employed by governments to suppress movements antagonistic to their own.

    Wittingly or not, this is what this EMDR thing serves. It promotes a false therapeutic relationship to blocked pain. When the truth of its ineffectiveness comes out, as it no doubt will in the end, will it make the very idea of regressive therapy seem as booga-booga to the public mind, too?

    ...Like that woman I commented on in an earlier post, who linked traumatic hospital-birthing to blood-drinking cults.

    1. Andrew: I am not keen on taking on all the booga booga out there because it is a waste of time and it is endless. So I will try to stay with the positive; not as in positive psychology that denies pain and wants us to get on in life while carrying around intolerable suffering. art Yes we can ignore the sufferng but we cut our lives short.

  3. You know, I sometimes wonder if the development of these therapies boils down to the need to control. They just can't accept the idea that the brain heals (assimilates material) itself. They just *have to* come up with something that puts the therapist in the drivers seat, or more so.

    As we know, the intellect will always be the servant of the id. The id says: "Here are my needs - now you go meet them!". So the control freak will always find a way to be the controller, no matter how 'intellectually enlightened' they might be.

  4. When I was a psychology student in the mid-1990s, I read Francine Shapiro's papers about EMDR. Back then, EMDR was very new, and it was called something different ("Saccidic eye movement therapy" or something like that, I think).

    Dr. Shapiro did not provide any theoretical rationale for why EMDR is supposed to work. She seemed to be guessing or making chance observations. She mentioned REM sleep, but she didn't develop the idea.

    I don't see why eye-wiggling would matter.

    -Tom W

  5. Art,

    I hope it goes well for you.

    The fourth section on E.M.D.R. does not exist on the blog.


  6. Hi Art ,only this near to my home town there is
    an EMDR praticioner ( it sounds like that Mary baker Eddy "thing" (pardon dad..)Christian Science....
    after easter celebrities are over(besides I am on the way to the Italian "crucifixion tour (pardon Jesus...resp.those thousands and thousands of crucified people and animals ...
    and now I lost my sntence`s aim ..well I will
    recommend that lady! to Your emdr evaluation.
    Your emanuel

    1. Emanuel: Last year I went to the Easter mass in Florence Italy, the most amazing parade and church service I have ever seen in my life. I recommend it to all. art

  7. people often look like that when they feel self-conscious in front of the camera. you can't judge a book by it's cover. her face has excellent symmetry and a fantastic set of teeth. good genes. she probably has a good brain, but it needs primal therapy.

  8. Hi Andrew,

    I agree, yes, these therapies offer the illusion of control, to both the therapist and to 'client'. As if 'control' is such a desirable asset. . . Why do we need control?

    Y'know, Art has raised the subject of how much free will we actually have in life, how much of what we think and do is governed by imprints and natural forces 'beyond our control'. . . I suppose the faculty of intellect offers some 'consciousness', some ability to reflect and that is potentially terrifying. The results are our human ability to red-design & re-construct our environment. To shape things the way we want.

    The science of biology and ecology shows us the truth in evolution. We can see the force of 'natural selection' at work. Species adapt to changing environs, evolve or die out. Our human intellect misinterprets that to mean 'survival of the fittest'. . . There you have the terrifying perceptions of the intellect concocting the illusion of 'control'.

    Basically these types of 'Cognitive Trick' therapies are a desperate attempt to live 'in control' over nature instead of trying to understand how evolution works in us individuals. It's sad.

    And Jacquie, she looks frightened, see the fear behind her facade.

    Paul G.

    1. Paul; Tennessee is passing a bill that allows teachers to defy climate change and evolution. art

    2. Hi Paul,

      Survival of the fittest is real. But in the evolutionary game it's survival that defines fittest. It doesn't matter if you're seriously stupid, for example, if you're brute enough to kill off all your competitors then your temperament maybe the fittest for your given context.

      Today humans have the ability to sit back and reflect on what 'fittest' should even be, as we can take some control over our breeding. So the new fitness can be determined by human philosophy. It's a bit like the domestic cat: it survives by being cute, as its fitness is now determined by the human need for substitute babies as opposed to traditional survival pressures. But ultimately, of course, it's all about whatever it is that's going to keep your biological legacy alive.

      ...Maybe the new fitness will be to be a bit simple, have high boredom tolerance (for drudgery), and be deeply the controlling oligarchies can effectively define our fitness based on what they want, like we define the domestic cats fitness based on what we want. Ever see the Brave New World movie?

  9. What was the reason you put the picture?

    1. Only because that is the way the original article appeared on the NYTimes page.

  10. Art ,You are so right : whwn i listen and sang1 those Italian songs and of course!!! Bach`s music i had tears in my eyes and longing in my
    heart to be sane and whole . yours 1 emanuel

  11. Hi,

    Have any of you got into Palestrina? His own requiem mass brings me to torrents.

    Paul G.

  12. Hi Art,

    -"Paul; Tennessee is passing a bill that allows teachers to defy climate change and evolution. art

    And US vetoed the Rio Earth Summit. And UK approved paddling kids etc etc.

    Anyway, this is a psyche blog not a political forum. . .

    Paul G.

  13. Completely off topic:

    Hello Art,

    Just wanted to brief you that my brother (Richard) and I have set in a strict savings regime which should see Richard in LA in a couple of years time, or less. He goes first - I go second. (It makes sense to combine our savings). So it's all full steam ahead, as fast as we can go at least. It's all a lot later than it should be, but that's neurosis, I suppose.

    1. Andrew: Terrific. Are you forgetting a small point? my age. art

    2. Well Art, I'm anticipating that if you retire (completely) or die soon, the opportunity for PT will not immediately disappear after you! Please correct me if that's wrong.

      -oh, and what I mean by 'later' is the beginning of the savings regime, not the 2-years. The latter is as fast as we can reasonably save.

    3. Andrew: Got it. I always understood. art

  14. An email comment:
    "Recently I have been reading Robert Whitakers Mad In America, which details the evils of psychiatry in this country.

    In this book, Mr. Whitaker, writes about just how useles psychiattry is, for example Psychiatric outcomes in this country are worse than for the country of Nigeria.

    Mr Witaker who has won a puliiyzer prize for writing about the concerns of mental health, documents all of the lies, and psychiatric evils. For example he writes about WHO studies that show putting people on psych meds is one of the worst things you can do to them. Because patients never put on meds have the best prognosis.

    He also wries about many instances in which psychiatry experimentated on patients without their knowledge. There is also and interesting discussion of D2 sensitivity, precipitating worse breaks, as a result of psych meds.

    In one study, he discusses psychiatrists, who tricked newly admited mental patients into particpating, in what they thought was a study of the effectiveness of medications for their symptoms during a first break. What they did instead was try and make their psychotic symptoms worse so that they could test the effetiveness of new as yet unapproved anti psychotic meds on them. To do this they gave them, shots of Cocaine, Methamphetamine, or Methyphenidate. Once they were pushed into full blown psychosis, they gave them the new meds. Then used the results to get these meds appoved.

    They found that methylphenidate, a drug prescribed to millions of children, as an ADHD medicaiton, was the most powerul of the three drugs when it came to pushing someone into full blown psychosis. A souped up version of Methyphenidate, sold in legaly in this country as "bath Salts" is currenlty leading to a dramatic increase in psychiatric admissions.

    EMDR is ridiculous, its just another way to get billiable hours for patients, and make them belive they are getting something. Its make believe.

    1. We know that psychopaths prey on vulnerable people. That is who they are. They sometimes do it in a mass-organised style too, via cults and certain religions.

      Is much of the psychiatric industry any different?


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