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Monday, November 26, 2012

Monday Morning News

Posted by on Mon, Nov 26, 2012 at 8:01 AM

Boeing May Not Give Pension Survivor Benefits: To married gay employees (originally reported, cough, right here).

Dear Mister President: Close Guantanamo.

Pot People: Local growers make plans, lick lips. "You will probably make a million dollars your first five days in business."

US Abortion Rate Hits All-Time Low: Leading cause: Men on the right convinced us not to.

Ten Deaths in a Government Attack on a Playground in Syria: "None of those killed was older than 15 years old."

Saudi Husbands: Get texts if their wives travel, because their wives are in their custody.

Christine Gregoire, Negotiator: Trying to broker a deal that would allow states to collect sales tax from online retailers based elsewhere.

UN Climate Talks in Qatar: Hammering out the responsibilities of wealthy versus poorer countries.

It's Hard Out Here for a Psychotherapist: People don't want to change anymore. They want other people and situations to change. You have to hang a different shingle for that.

Morsi's Power Grab: Egypt responds, stock market plunging, protests in the streets, deputies resigning.

YouTube, TheyTube, WeAllTube: YouTube gets a great big fancy studio in LA.

Rebels or Revolutionaries?: Fighters have captured a major city and are going door to door in Congo.

Losing Your Job Can Give You A Heart Attack: Gee, I wonder if it's more stressful not having health care. Our system just makes such sense for health!

The Median Rent in Capitol Hill Is Up 15 Percent from Last Year: To $1,500. Meanwhile, Ballard is overbuilding because Ballard is still located in Ballard.

What the US Presence in Afghanistan Will Look Like: In a little more than two years from now.

Our Vacation Shall Be Ice Climbing: O Canada!

Hey, Megan: Watching videos of cute animals helps you focus.

That Twilight movie's still number one. Orrrrrrr, you could watch the entire fine, fine 1985 film Once Bitten on the YouTube.


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TVDinner 1
Gottlieb's article about the decline of psychotherapy doesn't really address the dismal reputation of her profession. Only recently has psychotherapy solidified into a semi-scientific pursuit; it was only in 1980 that the book, "Feeling Good" was published, which popularized cognitive behavioral therapy, which I believe is the only type of therapy proven to actually help people suffering from depression, the malady of our age.

Before the advent of CBT, a lot - a lot - of people were exposed to absolutely reprehensible therapy that was either complete bullshit or actively harmful, such as the marriage and family counseling popular in the eighties that was found to have done more harm than good.

It's unfortunate that the current generation of psychotherapists have to pay the price for the irresponsible, harmful and haphazard behavior of the boomer generation's so-called therapists, but blaming potential patients for wanting quick fixes isn't going to make any progress at all toward addressing the profession's sadly deserved reputation for being woo-woo bullshit.
Posted by TVDinner http:// on November 26, 2012 at 8:43 AM · Report this
Phoebe in Wallingford 2
@1: Add to that the false memory syndrome/recovered memory therapy red herrings of tragedy.
Posted by Phoebe in Wallingford on November 26, 2012 at 8:56 AM · Report this
OMG ONCE BITTEN! the only jim carrey movie i can stomach.
Posted by Adrian Ryan on November 26, 2012 at 8:57 AM · Report this
Posted by HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA... on November 26, 2012 at 9:05 AM · Report this
Wow, Jen Graves totally missed the point of the article about the US abortion rate (the decline of which is a good thing, no matter your political leanings).
Posted by DOUG. on November 26, 2012 at 9:23 AM · Report this
There is a dance number near the end of Once Bitten that may be the best work Carrey has ever done. Certainly it is the smallest ego performance of his real skills.
Posted by frankdawg on November 26, 2012 at 10:10 AM · Report this
TVDinner 7
@2: Oh my god, yes. So awful.
Posted by TVDinner http:// on November 26, 2012 at 10:24 AM · Report this
@5: Adjust your sarcasm detector.
Posted by LMcGuff on November 26, 2012 at 11:27 AM · Report this
Chelydra_serpentina 9
@1 - "Before the advent of CBT, a lot - a lot - of people were exposed to absolutely reprehensible therapy that was either complete bullshit or actively harmful..."

I know about the false memory thing in the 80s, but that's not what you were referring to here. I know a good chunk of psychoanalysis, based as it was in Freud's penis-and-poo obsessions, is complete bullshit, but I don't know if that's what you're talking about either.

So now you've aroused my curiosity - what's the bullshit/harmful you're referring to? Can you sum it up, or recommend a book or article that gives at least a good overview? I'm interested in learning more about the subject, but I'm not sure where to start.

Posted by Chelydra_serpentina on November 26, 2012 at 11:36 AM · Report this

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