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Stories We Live By

The Stories We Live By

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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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I will tie together my response to an interview with Peter Carruthers in Scientific American with a response by my colleague Al Galves to my response and use the dangerous and pernicious phony diagnosis PTSD as an example.

Al Galves is a psychotherapist in Las Cruces, New Mexico. He and I will discuss the myth of the chemical imbalance theory of mental illness and then he will talk about his involvement with the Psychiatric Survivor Movement. The Survivor... more

I have written extensively and spoken on my blogtalkradio podcasts about the myth of mental illness and the nature of mental health. The terms mental illness and mental disorders have nothing to do with real medical illness but in fact are... more

Dr Jeanne Stolzer will discuss the growing mountain of evidence that psychiatric drugs are potentially dangerous to health, are addictive, often worsening the emotional difficulties for which they are prescribed, and which are implicated in... more

America has seen another mass murder, this time at a Synagogue in Pittsburgh to be added to those in schools, houses of worship or where people congregate for relaxation. The explantion for these events suggests that the gunman is a... more

I will once again define what I call Psycho"therapy" suggesting that it is a process in which individuals examine the type of life narratives which create much of their misery without adding to their problems by becoming ensnared in the... more

Our stories are increasingly narrow and do not communicate across larger social groups. Our stories contain fewer facts but more myths, fantasies, and outright lies. Our stories are growing shorter with fewer meaningful narratives.... more

In order for human beings to survive they need to develop both factual information about the world and skills to solve the problems that prevent satisfaction of their many needs. Human beings have the longest period of development of any... more

The suicides of of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain has created a conversation about suicide dominated by the bullshit that suicide is a symptom of a disease called depression; that depression is a brain disease; that the mental health... more

As we slide into tribalism it is in part because we have lost faith in our democracy and this loss of faith, in part, stems from our failure to keep the promise of universal education for all of our citizens. We are abandoning public education... more

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