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Psychology and the Shrinking of America

by Mark Davis Friday, Jan. 07, 2011 at 3:34 AM

Psychology and the Shrinking of America

I was shocked to find out how many professions have been infiltrated by the far left. The mainstream media, Hollywood moguls, and the universities were willing tools of progressivism.

But there is an occupation just as culpable in ushering in cultural Marxism, though its contributions are far less well-known. For this profession, I don't have to look further than my own backyard -- that is, psychotherapy.

What I have discovered after researching the history of psychology is that the originators were not simply interested in fixing people. Many were hard-bent on revolutionizing the West.

In this article, I will shed some light on the intricate web linking together a cast of unsavory characters from Europe to the U.S. The result of their efforts has been nothing less than the undermining and corruption of this nation.

The motivation of some of the players has been to replace Judeo-Christian values with secular humanism. Others unleashed the sexual revolution to feed their own prurience. And the more nefarious characters were intent on force-feeding cultural Marxism to an unknowing public.

Let's begin with Sigmund Freud's development of the "talking cure," psychoanalysis, in the early 20th century. Freud attempted to heal his patients, many of whom were depressed and anxious. However, he had a hidden agenda as well.

Freud's theories reflected his personal worldview, which was fiercely secular in nature. An atheist, he rejected religion of all kinds, including the Judaism of his forefathers. Freud labeled religious believers as infantile and delusional [i].

Freud dreamed of a new science of psychology, where man would be positioned front and center. He believed that human suffering was caused by sexual repression and societal conventions. According to Freud, "[s]exual morality -- as society, in its extreme form, the American, defines it -- seems to me very contemptible. I advocate an incomparably freer sexual life" [ii].

Freud may have foreseen that his theories would unravel the moral fabric of our nation. When visiting the United States for the first and only time, he purportedly said to Jung, "They don't realize that we are bringing them the plague."

Through his humanistic views, Freud helped to dislodge the West from its God-based axis. Freud also helped usher in the age of blaming the victim.

Freud dismissed the suffering of his female patients who had been molested by their fathers [iii]. Rather than take their complaints seriously, he labeled them as hysterical women who suffered from penis envy. He wrote, "The hysterical symptoms are derived from phantasies and not real occurrences" and blamed the unresolved Oedipal complex [iv].

But Freud was a veritable saint compared to his star student, Wilhelm Reich. Reich manipulated his mentor's theories of sexual repression to justify his promiscuity. A Marxist, Reich blended his radical views about communism with his obsession with sex.

A serial womanizer, Reich had sex with his patients during sessions. Reich also coerced his mistresses to have abortions; one died in the process [v].

Like Reich, biologist Alfred Kinsey exploited the clarion call for sexual permissiveness to legitimize his degeneracy. The intrepid psychologist Judith Reismannhas made it her life's work to expose Kinsey's lies and his personal demons.

Kinsey's twisted personal behavior is too abhorrent to recount. But what is even more disturbing is that his so-called scientific research was falsified.

Kinsey's studies purportedly proved that young children had sexual feelings and weren't necessarily traumatized by molestation. What Kinsey failed to disclose, according to Reisman, is that he based his findings on interviews with pedophiles and rapists.

Tragically, Kinsey's subterfuge has fostered decades of predatory behavior. U.N. proclamations about children's "right" to sexuality, man/boy organizations, and even the Girl Scouts promoting sex all have Kinsey's fingerprints on them.

The Frankfurt School

But the manipulation of the new psychology transcends people like Reich and Kinsey fueling their predatory tastes. More alarmingly, Germany's Frankfurt Schoolborrowed heavily from the new field of psychology for their fiendish scheme to degrade the West. Created in the 1920s, the school consisted of Marxists from various disciplines, including psychology.

The members realized that they couldn't induce working-class Americans to overthrow the government. Instead, they plotted a nonviolent revolution by corrupting Judeo-Christian values. Their ploys included establishing sex education in the public schools, as well as undermining religion and the nuclear family.

Once Hitler seized Germany, the Frankfurt School members were forced to flee. Many took up residence in U.S. universities, including Columbia and Berkeley. For instance, Frankfurt School member Theodor Adorno joined a team of psychologists at Berkeley to write their seminal book, The Authoritarian Personality.

A 1950s blockbuster, the book investigated why people become enamored with fascism. This notorious book has been used to indict conservatives as pathologically disturbed. Although the tyranny of Europe (Nazism, Communism) was rooted in leftist ideology, the book created the enduring and seemingly intractable public impression that conservatives are the fascists.

The effects of this book can be felt even now, sixty years later. John Dean cited its influence in his book Conservatives Without Conscience. Robert Altemeyer has recently refashioned the original term, "the Authoritarian Personality," to the even more incendiary "Right Wing Authoritarianism."

The Sixties

It was in the '60s that the machinations of the Frankfurt Group started bearing fruit. As is well-known, the times were a sexual free-for-all. Many enterprising therapists mined the hedonism for personal and professional profit. Encounter groups sprang up, and nude bathing at Esalen was all the rage. Without the strict ethical rules in place today, countless therapists sexually preyed on their patients.

All sorts of alternative therapies burgeoned, many of which were, I'm sure, a Marxist's dream come true. Feminist therapy, gender studies, queer studies, and critical theory emerged and were enthusiastically embraced.

In the '60s, psychotherapy continued its relentless attack on the dominant culture. For instance, influential psychiatrist R.D. Laing labeled families, schools, and churches "the slaughterhouses of our children."

Like Reich before him, Laing railed against society in order to justify his abominable behavior. Laing deserted his first five children to live in abject poverty. He went on to have five more, with four different women. A violent alcoholic, Laing terrorized his children.

It was in the sixties and seventies that psychology established a foothold in the culture, impacting citizens who had never set foot in a therapist's office. For instance, psychologist Dr. Carl Rogers began subtly indoctrinating the nation in moral relativism.

Rogers was the originator of the wildly popular therapy of "unconditional positive regard." He cloaked his theory in the language of compassion; in reality, however, Rogersian therapy brainwashed the public to accept the unacceptable.

Here's a disturbing example of Rogers in action: one day, he was leading a therapy group for adolescents hospitalized in a psychiatric ward. When a boy disclosed that he had raped his sister, a teenage girl expressed revulsion. Rogers turned on the girl, chastising her for being judgmental [vi].

When colleagues balked about Rogers' unconventional methods, he became enraged. He called anyone who didn't accept his demand for "radical empathy" a "right-winger."

By this country's becoming awash in therapy, the personality of average Americans was being indelibly altered. From a fiercely independent citizenry, we began morphing into a nation of grudge-holders, forever angry at mother or brother. By remaining perpetually frozen in the past, innumerable Americans have never developed beyond the angry and entitled state of an adolescent.

Psychology in the Age of Obama

While the field of psychology has always been liberal, now the radicals have virtually hijacked the profession. With Obama in office, the militants are emboldened.

For instance, psychology students are indoctrinated from day one in the triumvirate of multiculturalism, social justice, and white privilege. Students are strong-armed into accepting all alternative lifestyles, even ones that diverge from their moral principles. Naysayers are oftentimes persecuted, if not outright expelled.

Psych grad students have been run out of the profession for not marching in lockstep with the radicals' drummer. In a couple of recent cases, Christian women have been kicked out of their programs for not supporting homosexuality.

In a situation closer to home, militants have pressured CAMFT, the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, to expel reparative therapists. (Reparative therapists offer services to homosexuals who are unhappy with their lifestyle and want to go straight.)

At first, the long-term Executive Director of CAMFT refused to yield to the radicals' demands. But, obviously caving in to the press-ganging, the director recently announced her "retirement."

Many psychology publications have become de facto arms of the Obama administration. Here's a blog from the online edition of Psychology Today by psychotherapist Michael Bader:

Those tea-party folks seem to most liberals -- well, to most of us who live in the "reality community," or, as I like to call it, "reality" __ like crazy f__kers. ... I hate these folks but I also understand them. ... They share the same psychology as the paranoid patients I treat every day. The only difference is that the paranoid beliefs of the tea-party movement are political. ...

Or behold this article from NCSPP, a psychoanalytic organization. It was published in their electronic newsletter Impulse this past December. Fortunately, the article has since been removed, perhaps due to complaints.

While the piece is written in psychobabble, the message is clear: Obama is "supremely nuanced and integrative," and those who oppose him are "malevolent" and "paranoid-schizoid" (translation: creepy, paranoid loner).

The (Splitting) American Psyche and the Mid-Term Elections

For many, the election of Barack Obama signaled a return to sanity. Yet here we are just two years later in a topsy-turvy political landscape. How did things get so crazy? [...]

Liberals tolerate ambiguity and conflict better, whereas conservatives dislike nuance, and tend to be more loyal and decisive. [...]

But currently there is neither real nor felt security with the country in the grip of trauma. Primitive anxieties lead to splitting, presenting fertile ground for demagoguery. The Republican Party, whose stated priority is to ensure Obama's failure, has exploited these fault lines through obstructionism, right-wing media, and the Tea Party. [...]

It is as if the supremely nuanced and integrative Obama is trying to govern a paranoid-schizoid nation. ... Meanwhile, Republicans march in loyal lockstep espousing a clear-cut, emotional message, and disillusioned Democrats, if they can even overcome their paralysis, fall into their usual formation of the circular firing squad. [...]

If [Obama] is restored to himself, the better angels of our nature might have a fighting chance over the more malevolent forces of these dangerous times.

Even the DSM, the therapist's diagnostic "bible," has become a politically correct shell of its former self. Over the 25 or so years that I've been in the profession, I've seen the DSM increasingly watered down lest it offend anyone.

Character disorders have morphed into the kinder and gentler "personality disorders." The Passive Aggressive Personality was eliminated a while back. (Wouldn't that come in handy these days?) And, astonishingly, the upcoming DSM V will omit the Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

I predict that we'll see many more omissions in the DSM V. The current DSM includes diagnoses for various sexual abnormalities, including exhibitionism, transvestism, sadism, and masochism. There is even a Gender Identity Disorder for guys who think they are gals (and vice-versa). I imagine that most, if not all, of these disorders will be conspicuously absent from the upcoming DSM V.

Final Thoughts

This article has exposed psychology's dark underbelly, especially its role in unleashing cultural Marxism. However, I must balance out the picture by adding that psychotherapy has its benefits as well.

Many people have rebuilt broken lives, even found the will to live, with the help of a competent, caring therapist. Further, the last few decades have seen the flourishing of more practical and brief forms of therapy, such as cognitive behavioral therapy.

The abuses in psychotherapy are similar to other professions in which the practitioners are bestowed with too much power. Tenured university professors may abuse their power by indoctrinating students into socialism. Public school teachers have become purveyors of social engineering.

Why have psychotherapists been given so much power, anyway? Why are shrinks anointed societal experts on everything from child-raising to personal happiness?

Because, in my opinion, millions of people have been left alone, spiritually in the dark, inhabiting a secular world shorn of Absolute Truth. It is within this backdrop of existential confusion and despair that people may turn to psychotherapists.

With religion shunned, shrinks are stand-ins for the holy men and women of days gone by. Confessing one's "sins" and moral failures to a therapist may replace the weekly confessional with a priest. But when superhuman powers are attributed to a charismatic therapist, abuses can take place.

Lord Acton said it well: Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power tends to corrupt absolutely. When we untether ourselves from the only real source of Power in the universe, we look for it in mere mortals. And as history has revealed to us again and again that there is great danger in worshiping false idols.

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