Psychotherapy Off the Wall

Personal Preamble to Doug Quirk’s Psychotherapy Off the Wall
Given that I expect to be distracted for the next few days, I think that I will use the time to regale you with more of my friend Doug’s writings. As you may not know, Doug was the son of Baptist missionaries, and quite a religious person. I am also a religious person, and basically a fundamentalist: Love God and love your fellow man/woman. The rest of religion, the religious mythology, is only that, mythology, stories we tell ourselves in an effort to make sense out of life, stories priesthood tell us to keep us in line and provide themselves with power and employment. God, I sound like a cynic. I think it is time to get away from truth – “the true word cannot be spoken,” as they say in Zen – and back to fiction, so here (serialized) is another of Doug Quirk’s books about psychotherapy. ☺
PSYCHOTHERAPY OFF THE WALL (or Proclivities of a Psychotherapist Made Indefensible) by Felicity Alice Constance True
To our alleged patients
Acknowledgement is gratefully made of the editorial help generously given by Judy Bridge who, in the face of all reason, judgement and odds, tried to make this patently fictional material believable, plausible, sensible and possibly comprehensible. Her heroic efforts were doomed …from the start.
I know you know that psychotherapy is a terribly serious and expensive enterprise, that it delves painfully into the deep unconscious horrors which drive people to crime and to drink, and that the person who needs it most is “the other guy” – although you may sometimes wonder about yourself. I know you know that one of the problems encountered with psychotherapists is that they use their own language which nobody understands. Have you ever wondered if it’s just to hide the fact that they don’t know what they’re talking about? If they did, you’d think they’d realize that what they do is meaningless since it’s obvious that you can’t have a scientific enterprise whose subject matter is ephemeral behaviour governed by an individual’s free will.
Actually, psychotherapy can be terrific fun for all concerned. It can be quite inexpensive. It can ignore the unconscious — if that exists in the form in which most people think of it. It does address pains, but mostly to get rid of them. Almost nobody has to become a crook or an addict. Almost everybody can benefit from psychotherapy. It’s just a way to provide relevant assistance to solve resistant problems which don’t yield to help from friends, clergy or physicians. It’s true that, as in any enterprise, there are some practitioners who don’t know which side is up (or out). But the use of specialized languages is intended to create greater precision than could be achieved using the often ambiguous and non-referential words of everyday language. And it sometimes happens that adopting the language helps treatment. Finally, you can make science of Psychology and of psychotherapy, even acknowledging free will. Some of the bases for these statements should become clearer as you make your way through the text.

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