33 comments on “Misfits

  1. WOW and Wow and wow! This is pointedly perfectly well done–and how odd that I just wrote a short tongue-in-cheek bit on “revelation from the couch”. I’ve been on the receiving end of “assistant voyeurs” and the “semen of Freud” (and a sip of Jung); not to mention the confections of pharmacology. I shall be kind, and say it was a way of filling up time until life, and my mind, smoothed out for a measure of peaceful sanity. If I ponder your poem, and this subject, long–I may have to write more poetry on same.

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  2. Wow, I say, too!! I, too, know what you are saying but have had psychosis lifted from my soul by therapy and medication so am not so ill- disposed towards it as you are. It was my way out of hell. I do have my gripes about therapists though, and psychiatrists especially. And you make many valid points. A lot of what passes for therapy is hooey. But then I am also married to a psychiatric social worker and I teach him quite a bit in recognition for the stability he had brought to my life and the lives of the forgotten poor whom no one cares about. However, there are several occasions where I call out “Okay, Mr. Big Social Worker” and I think all therapists need some calling out because they get the doctor/God complex and get carried away with their knowledge.

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  3. Oh no you don’t!
    You cannot show off such amazing writing at the cost of my label. Know you not that I am for Psychiatry?
    I will not answer some issues you have raised that might spark a long comical discourse, but shall say that I am impressed by this. A torpedic funride of poetry!

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  4. “drunk on elixirs of theories distilled from
    the semen of Freud and the spine juice of Jung”

    “scribblers of clinical notes and self-help books
    these roosters of rubber-floored wards and asylums
    sport popinjay egos and Savile Row plumage
    congenital misfits amidst mad humanity”

    Wonderful!

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  5. ‘the semen of Freud and the spine juice of Jung … congenital misfits amidst mad humanity’
    Love it! So accurate in so many ways – but we’re not all like that I promise. (Well, at least not all the time…) Some of us even have a life.

    (As an aside – if you haven’t seen this speech which has been doing the rounds it is a nice read, as well as a witness that some academics have their heads and hearts linked: http://www.inthemedievalmiddle.com/2013/05/globalization-and-humanities-in-twenty.html )

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  6. This is phenomenal writing–and hits home for me, having been a psych patient many years for the entertainment of voyeurs. These days I mostly keep my craziness to myself….and poetry readers.

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  7. Oh my! Sadly I identify with this one. I don’t drop by as often as I would like but when I do your work is always a pleasure to view and read. Creating mindfulness in so many directions, both positive and negative. Carry on 🙂

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  8. This is pure genius. Did you write it in reaction to the alleged reproducibility crisis in psychology that a meta study claims to have revealed, or is this a coincidence?

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      • I see. Well, according to my experience, while there certainly are those who practise psychology the way you describe it, there are also those who dare tread on a more liberal path. Perhaps it is their professional training that makes them so eager of diagnosing a patient with something from a catalogue. This is, after all, typical human behaviour: We look for recognizable and categorizable patterns everywhere because that provides us with some kind of (artificial) reassurance. Psychiatrists and psychologists are not exempt from this rule. (And yes, I am aware of the irony of the former statement. I put it this way intentionally. ;))

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  9. Whoa! Someone is pissed off 🙂 …or is this your summary of the latest GOP debate 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂
    As I was reading I was thinking YA!…oh ya…. Holy cow this guy is serious. 🙂
    Wonderfully scripted argument.

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  10. Well done. I do know something about this. My former husband is a Clinical Psychologist whose therapy I’m happy to say didn’t include prescribing medicine. I was a Pastoral Counselor and used Kohut’s teachings as a model for healing. He was all about empathy.

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      • You didn’t offend at all. I’m sorry your family had bad experiences. My husband’s mother and he as well had terrible experiences at the hands of mental health professionals. He became a psychologist to help others avoid the things you write about. I think your poetry names and helps heal people who have been wounded by extreme forms of therapy.

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