Richard Stokes wrote:Simone, I wonder if you are prepared to concede that clinical psychology is itself partly based on pseudo-scientific principles?
For example, classical learning theory, which underpins 'scientific psychology' is somewhat moth-eaten for the modern era.
Furthermore, clinical psychology tends to be harshly dismissive of psycho-dynamic theories.
When I was a psych student 30 yrs ago, I pinned a quotation to my wall (a real wall, not a facebook wall) attributed to Jung: "To really understand the human psyche, you should not study experimental psychology."
An extreme point of view, perhaps. But this reminder served me well.
my mistake for calling it "clinical" -- my attempt to get away from the so called "positive psychology" (self help books psychology of no value that people seem to like so much). I'm not familiar with foreign labels (not familiar with our own labels aswell!), but I want to point out that my approach is 100% socio-historical when dealing with the dynamics between the individual -- his/her superego and the environment.
Back on topic, I understand that pseudo-science is a big selling point for mentalism nowdays and it's hard for the average performer (who thinks in terms of theatre, entertainment, business rather than culture -- a lot more than his/her anti-psychic effort would suggest) to not fall in the trap.
Entertainment is something, promoting plausible [censored] that takes advantage of the spectator's ignorance for our own ego -- to get the gig -- is an entirely different matter.
Isn't it wrong to expect that is the spectator the one who has the responsibility (and enough notions) to discern the truth from the lie, the real life from the theatre, or is just a quibble to (in the best liberal way) take advantage of our position? Long story short, the risk is to persuade the audience that the brain works in a way it doesn't: that it's readable, malleable, controllable and (worst) fixable thru esoteric rituals.
And isn't Derren Brown curing people on telly nowdays?! Truth to be told, that's a lot worse than making the audience believe in ghosts and dead people talking.