And it's about damn time someone pointed it out. I've been thinking a lot about religion recently, and I began to wonder, again, how so many people can be stuck in such circular systems of beliefs and logic, and pledge their lives to something that's probably mostly built on lies. And often obviously so. Then it hit me. Psychology is not only built on the exact same system, it's absolutely the most believed in and practiced of all religions! Plus it's so good the people at the top of this field believe it totally themselves! Imagine a world where people believe they have this thing called 'personality' which is 'fragmented' because of 'arrested early childhood development' and need 'catharsis' to leave way for 'ego-strengthening' and that you must find the 'ideological root cause' of this 'complex' so that people can 'self-identify'. We've tried insight therapy for over a century, and it doesn't work. "If you know the cause of your problems, they'll magically vanish" has been the proponent of psychoanalysis for ages. If you consider that the great figures like Sigmund Freud and Fritz Perls were always on drugs, and translate theories into plain English, you'll realize who the real schizophrenics are. I for one know that I have never been sexually attracted to my mother. If I examine my childhood, by any record I should have been someone completely and utterly different from who I am now. Besides, I change that at will now. Do I feel bad about my past? Nah, I fixed that in 10 minutes. Am I ever depressed or 'feeling blue'? Nope, not since I fixed that too. Do I ever worry about anything? Yeah, like "Where can I do some good for people?" Do I ever encounter any problems that affect me on a psychological level? Yeah, it's called 'life', but I deal with it faster than anyone can believe. How is my self-esteem? Bwahahahaaa! And I did it all with three techniques, and I still have a LOT to learn. They have no basis in psychology. It's not new-age voodoo either, though I think they're closer to the mark than the esteemed 'social science' is. Basically, there's very little in the realm of psychology that isn't complete psychotic invention. The human mind ma be infinitely complex, but the way it works is simple. Simple and readily observable and testable, with immediate results. As a side note, I'm not saying the whole field didn't come up with good ideas. The concept of the unconscious is wonderful, and observable. The labels are overabundant and idiotic, though. How the fuck can you be passive AND aggressive at the same time? How can I be an A and B personality, introvert and extrovert, creative and logical, etc, at once, on every stupid test I've taken? As to what inspired this rant/thread, I hate the idea that so many people who suffer from 'mental illness' aren't getting REAL help from people with real skills, and the thought that I wasted so many years over what seemed like the only path to helping these people. So there you have it. This rant is now open for comment, but you'd better agree or your id will do terrible things to your ego, and your superego will sit this one out.