Top critical review
Extremely outdated and surprisingly OFFENSIVE
on 20 December 2016
I got this because I'm a Psychologist that doesn't believe in the medicalisation of disorders that have not been proven to get better when taking such medications. I wanted go expand my reading into views that might outright go against Psychology (so I was expecting that!) but I was NOT expecting this to be offensively philosophical.
I expected the evidence to be outdated, as it's an old book... But what made me put it down forever in anger was that he refers to mental disorders such as Schizophrenia as "psychospiritual crises" that sufferers should fall further into to become happy, as in his view their only distress comes from therapists telling them their hallucinations and delusions aren't real. This book hugely ignores the harm that such disorders cause. If Schizophrenics didn't suffer distress caused by their symptoms, they would all happily dissent into their illness with no fear, upset or asking to get better. It would also most likely end in them killing themselves and/or others, as untreated psychotic disorders will get unimaginably worse over time. If we all took his advice, mentally ill people would have an extremely hard time.