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Retelling our own life stories that are creative and hopeful rather living as victims and in despair.

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Stories to Kill and Die For: Part 2

My earlier show was ended prematurely. I will continue the discussion begun at 4:00 PM EST on August 19th at 4:00 PM EST

26 MINAUG 20
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Stories to Kill and Die For: Part 2

The Stories We Kill and Die For: Religious and Political

I will explore the current difficulties Americans now have discussing politics without becoming enraged with one another. Many individuals no longer speak to others who differ in their political affiliations including good friends and even family members. The political scene is rife with threats and even acts ofviolence if people dare criticize the politics and leaders of differing political parties. I will suggest that the firewall between religion and politics has been breached in our current situation and that authoritarianism and totalitarianism are rapidly replacing the democratic ideal of respectful debate of the issues. Moral truths replace factual understanding of our problems and of each other.Vast numbers of citizens no longer seek leaders but instead seek those who would save them from the realization of their deepest fears, guiltand shame. Finally, I will suggest that each of us must be able to examine what problems we hope to solve by adopting political rhetoric and strategies that dehumanize and demonize our fellow citizens as well as by blindly following leaders who foment hatred and the dehumanizing of others. store.bookbaby.com/book/psychotherapy-and-the-stories-we-live-by

26 MINAUG 13
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The Stories We Kill and Die For: Religious and Political

Random Thoughts on Mass Shootings: Can Psychology Help Explain Them?

This Psychologist feels that the current wave of mass shootings are indicative of a dying society and that psychology and the whole "mental health industry" not only have contributed little to understanding our current social dilemmas but have contributed much to them. I will try and think outloud on the following: 1) Our theories fail to separate explanations from judgments; 2) examine the necessity for human beingsto be bothindividuals as well asmembersof groups and society; 3) fails to adequately intergrate biology and psychology; 4) fails to integrate the roles played by politics and economics;5) fails to develop a language of simultaneity that encompasses both individuals,the social groups that define us as individuals. Finally, I will muse on the role of science and technology that are changing every aspect of being human and ask the question "Will Alexa ever really love us?" store.bookbaby.com/book/psychotherapy-and-the-stories-we-live-by

33 MINAUG 6
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Random Thoughts on Mass Shootings: Can Psychology Help Explain Them?

"It's Not Just a Chemical Imbalance" Discussion of an opinion piece in the NYT written by Kelli Mari

I offer today's broadcast to Kelli and the millions of others who mistakenly beleive that their hard to understand and painful patterns of behavior have something to do with mental illnesses, chemical imbalances, mental health and require something called treatments involving either drugs, talking or both. I will try and make clear toKelly and the millions who believe as she does that she and they are caught in a number of traps created by language, particularly thatwhich derives from the illogical, authoritarian and wholly unscientific language of Psychiatry, Clinical Psychology and other fields that follow mainstream Psychiatry. I will suggest, based uponwhat Kelly writes about how she currently lives that were she to fully avoid the language thatenfolds her she would feel even more than she does at present to be "a person who belongs to the world." (Final sentence of her article.) I will suggest some books for Kelly and the millions who struggle as she does that will include Thomas Szasz' "The Myth of Mental Illness" and my own "Psycho "therapy" and The Stories We Live By" store.bookbaby.com/book/psychotherapy-and-the-stories-we-live-by

42 MINJUL 30
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"It's Not Just a Chemical Imbalance" Discussion of an opinion piece in the NYT written by Kelli Mari

The Tragic and Horrific Stories of Children Killing Other Children

A monster has been defined as a creature that looks human but cannot care about the pain and death it causes to human beings. Too many of our children are playing the role of monsters as they take military style weapons into schools and shoot their fellow students. The problem is that judging a child killer to be a monster or mentally ill in no way explains their actual state of mind when they pull the trigger and fire at other children. It also fails to answer how they became monsters. Moreover, how do we explain the state of mind as those of us ascitizens who watch these slaughters, offer prayers and condolences andthen forget the incident and do nothing to either understand or try and stopthese tragedies. Are we all monsters?I will ask questions that I feel are relevant to this growing problem but wiil not be able to answer the questions I raise. My new book might help provide answers: https://store.bookbaby.com/book/psychotherapy-and-the-stories-we-live-by

19 MINMAY 9
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The Tragic and Horrific Stories of Children Killing Other Children

The Sad Story of Psychiatry, Clinical Psychology and Social Work.

Psychiatry, Clinical Psychology and Clinical Social Work are three sad, confused orphans who all claim to treat human unhappiness and confusion referred to as mental illnesses and disorders. The term "mental illnesses" are metaphors for disturbed and disturbing behaviors, various modes of thinking and emotional expression andhave nothing actually to do with real medical problems. Therefore, the brain disabling drugs psychiatrists prescribe to suffering people are neither real treatments nor actual medicines. Psychiatry's siblings talk to people about their problems and call what they do psychotherapy. Strictly speaking since the problemshave nothing to do with medicine, talking is neither a treatment nora form of therapy. All three quarellsome siblings have serious identity problems, psychiatry with its true place in real medicine. The other two sibling have no idea what words they would use to replace phony medical terms such as "patient,' "treatment," "therapist," "diagnoses," etc...

35 MINAPR 23
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The Sad Story of Psychiatry, Clinical Psychology and Social Work.

More Stories About the Religion of Psychotherapy

Much good often results when people seek help from psychotherapy but this has little to do with the lies and fantasies that are offered as justifications by the mental health industry for its existence and the fees charged by psychotherapists. I was recently made aware of two studies that purported to show that ordinary "housewives" and "ex-schizophrenics" had similar, if not superior results than Ph.D. psychologists in improving the lot of people seeking help for psychological distress. In today's show I will interpret the results of these findings to suggest that if we strip away the baloney of psychiatric diagnoses and most currently popular types of psychotherapy we are left with the fact that when suffering individuals are offered discussions with non-judgmental, empathic, and understanding individuals in a safe environment where what it said is totally priveleged many folkslearn to better deal with their psychological problems.

34 MINAPR 3
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More Stories About the Religion of Psychotherapy

Stories About Psychotherapy as a Science and as a Religion

A religion can be defined as any systematic set of beliefs that set forth factual and moral truths that purport to solve various human problems in living. The factual and moral beliefs of a religion, referred to as its dogma, are created by some respected and/orfeared authority and areexpected to be accepted on faith alone. A religion can either be secular or theistic, the latter in which the authority is some form of higher power claimed to be a single or multiplegods. Science is a relative newcomer in human history and is based on the idea that factual truths are derived from the direct observation of the world in and around us whichare referred to as facts. Explanations of observed phenomena are referred to as theories rather than as dogma and held to be valid as long as they do not deny or ignore the facts upon which they are based. Unlike a religion, anyone is capable of being a scientist as long as they base their facts on observations and call their explanations theories, or ...

53 MINMAR 29
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Stories About Psychotherapy as a Science and as a Religion

The Story of "Smoke and Mirrors: How You Are Being Fooled About Mental Illness"

My conversation with Chuck Ruby, author and psychologist, will cover a range of subjects including the invention of the myth of mental illness, what constitutes abnormal behavior, morality and the myth of mental illness, social control and mental illness, strategies for escaping emotional pain, and existential emotional pain. We will finish our discussion by suggesting changes needed to be made by the mental health industry and the responsibiltyof those seeking help for emotional pain.

62 MINFEB 8
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The Story of "Smoke and Mirrors: How You Are Being Fooled About Mental Illness"

Stories with Richard Shulman, Ph.D. Psychologist

Volunteers in Psychotherapy, Inc. (VIP) is an organization in West Hartford CT that allows people seeking psychotherapy for emotional painto perform four hours of volunteer work at the charity or governmental agency of their choice for one hour of psychotherapy with a licensed professional. This revolutionary and common sense approach allows individuals to avoid being diagnosed as mentally ill or disordered, maintain complete privacy concerning their personal life and history and avoid the complex problemsof dealing with managed care. Moreover, Dr Shulman's unique approach to helping people live better represents democracy at its best.

48 MINJAN 15
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Stories with Richard Shulman, Ph.D. Psychologist

Latest Episodes

Stories to Kill and Die For: Part 2

My earlier show was ended prematurely. I will continue the discussion begun at 4:00 PM EST on August 19th at 4:00 PM EST

26 MINAUG 20
Comments
Stories to Kill and Die For: Part 2

The Stories We Kill and Die For: Religious and Political

I will explore the current difficulties Americans now have discussing politics without becoming enraged with one another. Many individuals no longer speak to others who differ in their political affiliations including good friends and even family members. The political scene is rife with threats and even acts ofviolence if people dare criticize the politics and leaders of differing political parties. I will suggest that the firewall between religion and politics has been breached in our current situation and that authoritarianism and totalitarianism are rapidly replacing the democratic ideal of respectful debate of the issues. Moral truths replace factual understanding of our problems and of each other.Vast numbers of citizens no longer seek leaders but instead seek those who would save them from the realization of their deepest fears, guiltand shame. Finally, I will suggest that each of us must be able to examine what problems we hope to solve by adopting political rhetoric and strategies that dehumanize and demonize our fellow citizens as well as by blindly following leaders who foment hatred and the dehumanizing of others. store.bookbaby.com/book/psychotherapy-and-the-stories-we-live-by

26 MINAUG 13
Comments
The Stories We Kill and Die For: Religious and Political

Random Thoughts on Mass Shootings: Can Psychology Help Explain Them?

This Psychologist feels that the current wave of mass shootings are indicative of a dying society and that psychology and the whole "mental health industry" not only have contributed little to understanding our current social dilemmas but have contributed much to them. I will try and think outloud on the following: 1) Our theories fail to separate explanations from judgments; 2) examine the necessity for human beingsto be bothindividuals as well asmembersof groups and society; 3) fails to adequately intergrate biology and psychology; 4) fails to integrate the roles played by politics and economics;5) fails to develop a language of simultaneity that encompasses both individuals,the social groups that define us as individuals. Finally, I will muse on the role of science and technology that are changing every aspect of being human and ask the question "Will Alexa ever really love us?" store.bookbaby.com/book/psychotherapy-and-the-stories-we-live-by

33 MINAUG 6
Comments
Random Thoughts on Mass Shootings: Can Psychology Help Explain Them?

"It's Not Just a Chemical Imbalance" Discussion of an opinion piece in the NYT written by Kelli Mari

I offer today's broadcast to Kelli and the millions of others who mistakenly beleive that their hard to understand and painful patterns of behavior have something to do with mental illnesses, chemical imbalances, mental health and require something called treatments involving either drugs, talking or both. I will try and make clear toKelly and the millions who believe as she does that she and they are caught in a number of traps created by language, particularly thatwhich derives from the illogical, authoritarian and wholly unscientific language of Psychiatry, Clinical Psychology and other fields that follow mainstream Psychiatry. I will suggest, based uponwhat Kelly writes about how she currently lives that were she to fully avoid the language thatenfolds her she would feel even more than she does at present to be "a person who belongs to the world." (Final sentence of her article.) I will suggest some books for Kelly and the millions who struggle as she does that will include Thomas Szasz' "The Myth of Mental Illness" and my own "Psycho "therapy" and The Stories We Live By" store.bookbaby.com/book/psychotherapy-and-the-stories-we-live-by

42 MINJUL 30
Comments
"It's Not Just a Chemical Imbalance" Discussion of an opinion piece in the NYT written by Kelli Mari

The Tragic and Horrific Stories of Children Killing Other Children

A monster has been defined as a creature that looks human but cannot care about the pain and death it causes to human beings. Too many of our children are playing the role of monsters as they take military style weapons into schools and shoot their fellow students. The problem is that judging a child killer to be a monster or mentally ill in no way explains their actual state of mind when they pull the trigger and fire at other children. It also fails to answer how they became monsters. Moreover, how do we explain the state of mind as those of us ascitizens who watch these slaughters, offer prayers and condolences andthen forget the incident and do nothing to either understand or try and stopthese tragedies. Are we all monsters?I will ask questions that I feel are relevant to this growing problem but wiil not be able to answer the questions I raise. My new book might help provide answers: https://store.bookbaby.com/book/psychotherapy-and-the-stories-we-live-by

19 MINMAY 9
Comments
The Tragic and Horrific Stories of Children Killing Other Children

The Sad Story of Psychiatry, Clinical Psychology and Social Work.

Psychiatry, Clinical Psychology and Clinical Social Work are three sad, confused orphans who all claim to treat human unhappiness and confusion referred to as mental illnesses and disorders. The term "mental illnesses" are metaphors for disturbed and disturbing behaviors, various modes of thinking and emotional expression andhave nothing actually to do with real medical problems. Therefore, the brain disabling drugs psychiatrists prescribe to suffering people are neither real treatments nor actual medicines. Psychiatry's siblings talk to people about their problems and call what they do psychotherapy. Strictly speaking since the problemshave nothing to do with medicine, talking is neither a treatment nora form of therapy. All three quarellsome siblings have serious identity problems, psychiatry with its true place in real medicine. The other two sibling have no idea what words they would use to replace phony medical terms such as "patient,' "treatment," "therapist," "diagnoses," etc...

35 MINAPR 23
Comments
The Sad Story of Psychiatry, Clinical Psychology and Social Work.

More Stories About the Religion of Psychotherapy

Much good often results when people seek help from psychotherapy but this has little to do with the lies and fantasies that are offered as justifications by the mental health industry for its existence and the fees charged by psychotherapists. I was recently made aware of two studies that purported to show that ordinary "housewives" and "ex-schizophrenics" had similar, if not superior results than Ph.D. psychologists in improving the lot of people seeking help for psychological distress. In today's show I will interpret the results of these findings to suggest that if we strip away the baloney of psychiatric diagnoses and most currently popular types of psychotherapy we are left with the fact that when suffering individuals are offered discussions with non-judgmental, empathic, and understanding individuals in a safe environment where what it said is totally priveleged many folkslearn to better deal with their psychological problems.

34 MINAPR 3
Comments
More Stories About the Religion of Psychotherapy

Stories About Psychotherapy as a Science and as a Religion

A religion can be defined as any systematic set of beliefs that set forth factual and moral truths that purport to solve various human problems in living. The factual and moral beliefs of a religion, referred to as its dogma, are created by some respected and/orfeared authority and areexpected to be accepted on faith alone. A religion can either be secular or theistic, the latter in which the authority is some form of higher power claimed to be a single or multiplegods. Science is a relative newcomer in human history and is based on the idea that factual truths are derived from the direct observation of the world in and around us whichare referred to as facts. Explanations of observed phenomena are referred to as theories rather than as dogma and held to be valid as long as they do not deny or ignore the facts upon which they are based. Unlike a religion, anyone is capable of being a scientist as long as they base their facts on observations and call their explanations theories, or ...

53 MINMAR 29
Comments
Stories About Psychotherapy as a Science and as a Religion

The Story of "Smoke and Mirrors: How You Are Being Fooled About Mental Illness"

My conversation with Chuck Ruby, author and psychologist, will cover a range of subjects including the invention of the myth of mental illness, what constitutes abnormal behavior, morality and the myth of mental illness, social control and mental illness, strategies for escaping emotional pain, and existential emotional pain. We will finish our discussion by suggesting changes needed to be made by the mental health industry and the responsibiltyof those seeking help for emotional pain.

62 MINFEB 8
Comments
The Story of "Smoke and Mirrors: How You Are Being Fooled About Mental Illness"

Stories with Richard Shulman, Ph.D. Psychologist

Volunteers in Psychotherapy, Inc. (VIP) is an organization in West Hartford CT that allows people seeking psychotherapy for emotional painto perform four hours of volunteer work at the charity or governmental agency of their choice for one hour of psychotherapy with a licensed professional. This revolutionary and common sense approach allows individuals to avoid being diagnosed as mentally ill or disordered, maintain complete privacy concerning their personal life and history and avoid the complex problemsof dealing with managed care. Moreover, Dr Shulman's unique approach to helping people live better represents democracy at its best.

48 MINJAN 15
Comments
Stories with Richard Shulman, Ph.D. Psychologist