Posts Tagged ‘Insanity’

The Anatomy of Thought

Monday, October 25th, 2021

Logic is the subject of reasoning. It is the ability to think clearly, make appropriate connections, and reach correct conclusions.

When an individual’s reasoning is sane, they are able to recognize the differences, similarities and identities between the things they observe.

When an individual’s reasoning is insane, they are unable in greater or lesser degree to recognize differences, similarities and identities.

One common failing is someone’s inability to tell the difference between a fact and an opinion. Wherever you have these kinds of thought confusions, everyone around is at risk, since misunderstandings tend to pile up and create hostilities.

Logical Reasoning

Logical reasoning is a form of thinking in which premises and relations between premises are used in a rigorous manner to infer conclusions that are entailed (or implied) by the premises and their relations.
Here are three interesting ways to attempt to solve a logical problem:

1. The Full Sweep
Examine each and every possible combination of factors and outcomes.

2. The Fell Swoop
Come to a realization of the final solution all at one time, in one sudden leap of insight. “Fell” in this sense means “fierce” or “vigorous.”

3. The Frail Swipe
A half-hearted attempt, likely failing to reach a fully satisfactory conclusion.

Faulty psychiatric Reasoning

The psychiatric biological, medical model is the view that mental illness is a medical disease of the brain. It is faulty reasoning because it is not generally true. This faulty reasoning leads to an inability to cure insanity and restore sane and logical thought to those whose thought processes have been compromised.

The only evidence that makes mental illness a disease are the symptoms used by psychiatrists to label someone mentally ill. But the symptoms used to diagnose someone as mentally ill (such as despair, hopelessness, sadness, or guilt) are not biological markers. There is no evidence that these expressions are physical in nature. There is however ample evidence that such symptoms are educational, emotional, ethical, or spiritual in nature.

As the ultimate in irony and arrogance, psychiatry’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) includes religion as a category of mental illness: “Religious or spiritual problem.”

Unlike medical diagnoses that convey a probable cause, appropriate treatment and likely prognosis, the disorders listed in the DSM are terms arrived at through peer consensus — a vote by American Psychiatric Association (APA) committee members. In other words, there is no objective science to them.

While it is true that people can have serious problems in life, psychiatrists turn these unwanted emotions and behaviors into brain diseases, without a shred of proof, which psychiatrists readily admit.

To re-define Man’s problems and criminal conduct in medical or biological terms is a trick to substitute illogic for logic, making it virtually impossible to come up with effective treatments for insanity — meaning that the psychiatric industry has a permanent pool of patients and is forever dependent upon government funding to keep it going.

It’s time to solve the problems of mental trauma with a Full Sweep or a Fell Swoop, instead of the psychiatric Frail Swipe.

Recommendation

Persons in desperate circumstances must be provided proper and effective medical care. Medical — not psychiatric — attention. Good nutrition, a healthy, safe environment, activity that promotes confidence and effective education will do far more for a troubled person than drugging, electric shocks, brain surgery, involuntary commitment, restraints, and other psychiatric atrocities.

Is Social Media Turning Us All Into Zombies?

Monday, October 18th, 2021

The debate continues to rage about whether smartphones and their attendant social media are addictive, or even whether they are good or bad for you and your children.

This quote from the November 2021 edition of Reason magazine puts the debate more into perspective:

“In 1936, the government of St. Louis, Missouri, tried to ban car radios because a ‘determined movement’ had become convinced that the radio distracted drivers and caused car accidents. The car radio was widely feared by newspapers, which were competitors and had every incentive to sensationalize the product’s dangers.”

We’re not going to come down on one side or the other, it isn’t our fight; but we can certainly remark on the psychiatric connection.

The psychiatric Connection

Psychiatry assumes any so-called addiction is a medical disease. This is patently false; any such media addiction, real or imagined, is an educational or moral failing. It cannot be usefully addressed with drugs or other harmful psychiatric treatments.

Other forms of addiction currently promoted for treatment by psychiatry and psychology are gaming, substance abuse, gambling, and other impulse control issues such as pyromania, kleptomania and promiscuity. Yes, physical addiction may occur with substance abuse; but there are valid non-psychiatric programs for that.

So what are these various behaviors if they are not mental illnesses? They’re called lapses in education, ethics and morals, and when treated as such there is hope that they can be corrected. Unfortunately, calling them “mental illness” and treating them with psychotropic drugs precludes any possibility of finding out the true root causes and effectively addressing those.

The entirety of psychological and psychiatric addiction programs are founded on the tacit assumptions that mental health “experts” know all about the mind and mental phenomena, know a better way of life, a better value system and how to improve lives beyond the understanding and capability of everyone else in society.

The reality is that these mental health programs are designed to control people towards specific ideological objectives at the expense of the person’s sanity and well-being. Do we really want to institutionalize mandatory psychiatric counseling and screening, which is where all this is heading?

We think the whole thing comes back to what the late Professor Thomas Szasz, co-founder of Citizens Commission on Human Rights, originally had to say about this:
• “The term ‘mental illness’ refers to the undesirable thoughts, feelings, and behaviors of persons. Classifying thoughts, feelings, and behaviors as diseases is a logical and semantic error, like classifying the whale as a fish.”
• “If we recognize that ‘mental illness’ is a metaphor for disapproved thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, we are compelled to recognize as well that the primary function of Psychiatry is to control thought, mood, and behavior.”

These so-called mental disorders are just what psychiatry and psychology have inappropriately labeled as “undesirable behavior.”

The Reason article proposes a reasonable solution: “…can anything be done to combat some of the actual problems with tech addiction? Yes, but the answer isn’t easy or flashy: It’s for parents to exercise greater responsibility, talk to their kids about how much they rely on their phones, and set reasonable limits on screen time.”

What You Can Do

We’d like to encourage our readers to help us fund our efforts to bring sanity to the world of mental health care. The psychs haven’t backed off; they are busy exaggerating any mental health concerns raised by the Covid outbreak, and of course why you should see a psychiatrist and take some harmful and addictive psychiatric drugs.

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‘Insanity’ isn’t an illness. It’s an injury. When more injuries called ‘treatments’ are piled on top of it, it becomes very hard to treat just because the person is now desperately injured. He hurts.

— L. Ron Hubbard, 12/15/1968

WHO Declares “Video Game Addiction” a Mental Health Disorder

Are You A Wise Person Or A Wiseacre?

Monday, May 24th, 2021

Wisdom is knowing how to use your wits, and is derived from an Old English word that means “to know;” as opposed to the construct “wiseacre” which is one who pretends to knowledge or cleverness.

Humanity has a long history of the pursuit of wisdom, which is called philosophy. The word “philosophy” comes from the Greek word sophos meaning wise.

There is also a long psychiatric history of trying to cast madness as a form of wisdom or of inexplicable insight. We suspect this might have arisen in a futile attempt to explain madness, since psychiatry has never been able to properly define it, defaulting instead to making up countless words for its multitude of symptoms. (Which is called “diagnosis.“)

The Resources of Wisdom

In the physical Universe there are four resources: matter, energy, space, and time. In the spiritual Universe, resources are whatever you consider a resource. Money for example, often considered as a resource, is a consideration — actually it is an idea backed with confidence; it represents an exchange of something of value for something else of value.

The common idea that one should use resources wisely, while a useful idea, comes from the situation that one has either forgotten how to create these resources or that one has too many blocks and barriers toward creating these resources. Thus, the basics of wise usage are really one’s abilities to effectively operate in the physical and spiritual Universes.

Rehabilitating one’s native abilities where they are blocked is ultimately the key to being wise.

Sanity and Insanity

The crux of the matter seems to be having proper definitions for sanity and insanity, as one alludes to wisdom and the other to madness. In this way we can adequately distinguish between the two.

Psychiatry has basically admitted to not knowing exactly what sanity and insanity are.

“We do not know the causes [of any mental illness]. We don’t have the methods of ‘curing’ these illnesses yet.” [Dr. Rex Cowdry, psychiatrist and director of National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) in 1995]

As with most English words, there are a number of definitions for each to fit various circumstances. We’ll go with these two useful definitions:

Sanity — The ability to recognize differences, similarities and identities.
Insanity — The overt or covert but always complex and continuous determination to harm or destroy.

To make these two definitions real to you and see how they might apply to other things you know, perform the following two things repeatedly for each word:
1. Imagine a situation where this particular definition makes sense or applies.
2. Imagine a situation where this particular definition does not make sense or does not apply.

Do this until you have some realization about each word.

Books have been written on these two subjects, so we’re not going to examine all the ramifications in this one blog.

How Does This Apply to Psychiatry?

The inevitable conclusion seems to be that Wisdom and Sanity are related, and Madness and Insanity are related; and psychiatry is the Wiseacre bastard of the two.

Logic, Superstition, and Psychiatry

Monday, February 15th, 2021

Effective Definitions
Logic — the subject of reasoning; the ability to think clearly and reach correct conclusions. [ultimately from Greek logos “speech, reason, word”]
Superstition — an irrational attitude or notion maintained despite evidence to the contrary. [ultimately from Latin super- “over” + stare “to stand”]

What Is Logic?

Logic is a process of observation and thought that leads to correct conclusions. This process is called “reasoning.” Reason depends upon data. When data is faulty or unobserved the conclusions are unreasonable (i.e. illogical.)

What Is Superstition?

Superstition is the substitution of false or faulty data for correctly observed data leading to incorrect, unreasonable or illogical conclusions.

One of the primary ways superstition takes hold is by having fixed ideas. A fixed idea is something accepted without personal inspection or agreement. It may appear normal or reasonable, but on close observation and inspection can be shown to be faulty.

Sanity and Insanity

It can be seen that sanity is one’s reasoning toward optimum survival. Specifically it is one’s ability to recognize differences, similarities and identities. This is a necessary ability one must have to be logical.
[Sanity: Soundness of judgment or reason; derives ultimately from Latin sanus “healthy”.]

The opposite of sanity is insanity, which can be seen to be faulty reasoning leading toward nonsurvival, or the inability to recognize differences, similarities and identities. The result of this is to be illogical.

Cause and Effect

No amount of logic can replace some good, solid, imaginative superstition, which is the assignment of cause to something or someone other than the person themself.

By this we mean that in the absence of a person’s ability to be responsible and cause things to happen — that is, the person is only being the effect of others — logic is ineffective and superstition will take its place.

Notice that one of the main uses of both logic and superstition in this case is to covertly justify how one is not responsible and has not caused anything. It’s always something or someone else — i.e. “The Why Is God!” syndrome.
Thus, someone will say “It’s only logical” when on close inspection it isn’t logical at all. This red herring leads to no end of superstition and failures.

Psychiatry Is Superstition

In the case of psychiatry, the Why is the Brain. Insanity is all the brain’s fault; and they justify this with both (faulty) logic and (imaginative) superstition. They’ve got it covered.

In the case of psychiatry, neither logic nor superstition is sanity. In fact, psychiatrists do not know what sanity or insanity is, since it is clear that psychiatry cannot distinguish the sane from the insane. This, psychiatrists when pressed about it, readily admit.

We do not know the causes [of any mental illness]. We don’t have the methods of ‘curing’ these illnesses yet.” —Dr. Rex Cowdry, psychiatrist and director of National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), 1995

As a result, all psychiatric diagnoses and treatments are based on superstition, which is called a “pseudoscience.”

The only thing the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is good for is to bill insurance for bogus treatments.

In short, the whole business of creating psychiatric categories of ‘disease,’ formalizing them with consensus, and subsequently ascribing diagnostic codes to them, which in turn leads to their use for insurance billing, is nothing but an extended racket furnishing psychiatry a pseudo-scientific aura. The perpetrators are, of course, feeding at the public trough.” [Dr. Thomas Dorman, Member of the Royal College of Physicians of the United Kingdom and Canada]

Recommendations

Government, criminal, educational, judicial and other social agencies should not rely on the DSM and no legislation should use this as a basis for determining the mental state, competency, educational standard or rights of any individual.

The Missouri Revised Statutes (RSMo) contains several explicit mentions of the DSM in Chapter 376 on Life, Health and Accident Insurance. Contact your Missouri State legislators and ask them to remove all references to the DSM from Missouri State Law.

The Russians Are Coming? No, They Never Left!

Sunday, March 4th, 2018

In 1966 the movie “The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming!” dramatized the Cold War as a plot to make the world die laughing.

We had to laugh about it, because the reality of Soviet infiltration to topple America was too serious to confront.

In fact, as current events are unfolding, the Russians are apparently still at it — attempting to infiltrate via fake news and social media and destabilize American society for their own evil purposes. But frankly, this is nothing new; they’ve been at it since communism began around 1844, in one form or another.

For a communistic state to exist, slaves to the state need to exist. The marriage of psychiatry with communist regimes has spanned countries across the globe as an effective means to deal with political dissension by making people into slaves. They have been using psychiatry ever since as a significant part of the plot.

Wilhelm Wundt of Leipzig University, who founded “experimental psychology” in 1879, declared that man is an animal with no soul, claiming that thought was merely the result of brain activity — a false premise that has remained the basis of psychiatry until this day. In 1884, Russian psychologist and physiologist Ivan Pavlov and his countryman Vladimir Bekhterev studied under Wundt. They later developed what they called “conditioned reflex” which laid the groundwork for much of behavioral psychology used in schools today. What is not well known is that Pavlov performed the same type of experimentation on children to see if humans could be conditioned that way, too.

The 1920’s Russian Revolutionary Communistic plan for world domination as originally conceived used psychiatry as a weapon designed to undermine the social fabric of the target country. Using psychiatrists trained as agents provocateurs that were sent in by the KGB (Soviet Secret Police), the Communists of Russia controlled a vast empire. Lavrenty Pavlovich Beria (1899-1953), the founder of the KGB, using his crude and brutal methodology of beating a person half to death in his version of brainwashing, created a feared and dangerous spy network. Eventually surer techniques were stolen from the American intelligence services and then taught at the Lenin University in Moscow. It has been estimated that 80 million people have died as a result of coercive psychiatry in Russia.

Here are some relevant quotes from BRAIN-WASHING – A Synthesis of the Russian Textbook on Psychopolitics (Charles Stickley, 1955; from Lavrenty Pavlovich Beria). Click here to download and read this manual. You have to know what the enemy is up to in order to fight back against it.

“PSYCHOPOLITICS—the art and science of asserting and maintaining dominion over the thoughts and loyalties of individuals, officers, bureaus, and masses, and the effecting of the conquest of enemy nations through ‘mental healing’.”

“To produce a maximum of chaos in the culture of the enemy is our first most important step. Our fruits are grown in chaos, distrust, economic depression and scientific turmoil.”

“You must work until every teacher of psychology unknowingly or knowingly teaches only Communist doctrine under the guise of ‘psychology’.”

“With the institutions for the insane you have in your country prisons which can hold a million persons and can hold them without civil rights or any hope of freedom. And upon these people can be practiced shock and surgery so that never again will they draw a sane breath. You must make these treatments common and accepted. And you must sweep aside any treatment or any group of persons seeking to treat by effective means.”

“Entirely by bringing about public conviction that the sanity of a person is in question, it is possible to discount and eradicate all of the goals and activities of that person. By demonstrating the insanity of a group, or even a government, it is possible, then, to cause its people to disavow it. By magnifying the general human reaction to insanity, through keeping the subject of insanity itself forever before the public eye, and then, by utilizing this reaction by causing a revulsion on the part of a populace against its leader or leaders, it is possible to stop any government or movement.”

“Exercises in sexual attack on patients should be practiced by the psychopolitical operative to demonstrate the inability of the patient under pain-drug hypnosis to recall the attack, while indoctrinating a lust for further sexual activity on the part of the patient.”

“Defamation is the best and foremost weapon of Psychopolitics on the broad field. Continual and constant degradation of national leaders, national institutions, national practices, and national heroes must be systematically carried out.”

“Mental health organizations must carefully delete from their ranks anyone actually proficient in the handling or treatment of mental health.”

“The psychopolitical operative should also spare no expense in smashing out of existence, by whatever means, any actual healing group… .”

“Should any whisper, or pamphlet, against psychopolitical activities be published, it should be laughed into scorn, branded an immediate hoax, and its perpetrator or publisher should be, at the first opportunity, branded as insane, and by the use of drugs the insanity should be confirmed.”

“By various means, a public must be convinced, at least, that insanity can only be met by shock, torture, deprivation, defamation, discreditation, violence, maiming, death, punishment in all its forms. The society, at the same time, must be educated into the belief of increasing insanity within its ranks. This creates an emergency, and places the psychopolitician in a saviour role, and places him, at length, in charge of the society.”

“The psychopolitician has his reward in the nearly unlimited control of populaces, in the uninhibited exercise of passion, and the glory of Communist conquest over the stupidity of the enemies of the People.”

The Insanity Defense

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

According to Associated Press news articles, “A JetBlue Airways captain accused of disrupting a flight when he left the cockpit screaming about religion and terrorists plans to use an insanity defense at trial. An attorney for Clayton F. Osbon filed a motion Wednesday [April 18, 2012] outlining plans to argue Osbon was insane at the time of the incident on the March 27 flight from New York to Las Vegas. Osbon remains jailed in Texas awaiting a court-ordered psychiatric exam to determine his competency for trial and whether he was legally sane when witnesses say he left the cockpit and ran screaming through the plane’s cabin.”

I’ll be the first to admit to having had the rare meltdown; but I have since taken some responsibility for my behavior and this has not happened in a very long time, thank you very much. I can empathize, however.

Supporters of CCHR understand also that psychiatric drugs can actually cause this kind of psychotic behavior. That is not, however, the subject of this newsletter. We are going to discuss the insanity defense.

Dr. Thomas Szasz had the following to say about the insanity defense [from Ideas on Liberty, 50: 31?32 (March), 2000]:

“The insanity defense, as we know it, is a relatively new cultural invention. … The ‘crime’ that led to the creation of the insanity defense was not murder, but a deed long considered even more heinous, namely, self-murder or suicide, punished by both ecclesiastic and secular penalties: the suicide was denied religious burial and his estate was forfeited to the Crown’s Almoner. Because punishing suicide required doing grave harm to innocent parties — that is, to the suicide’s children and spouse — men sitting on coroner’s juries eventually found the task to be a burden they were unwilling to bear. However, prevailing religious beliefs precluded repealing the laws punishing the crime. The law now came to the rescue of the would-be punishers, offering them the option of finding the self-killer non compos mentis and hence not responsible for his deed. In the eighteenth century, it became a matter of routine for juries to arrive at the posthumous diagnosis that the suicide was insane at the moment he killed himself. (The criminal law against suicide was repealed only in the nineteenth century, by which time it had been replaced by mental health laws.) … By validating the fiction that suicides could, post facto, be found to have been non compos mentis, the law had crafted a mechanism for rejecting responsibility — the criminal’s for his deed, the jury’s for its duty — and, aided by the medical profession, wrapped the deception and self-deception in the mantle of healing and science.”

How is it that today we still face the absurd situation of psychiatrists testifying to excuse a wrongdoers’ actions? The answer lies in three places: 1) because psychiatric “experts” are paid an average of $3,600 (in the U.S.) per day to testify for whomever is willing to foot the bill; 2) the goal for psychiatry that was delineated by G. Brock Chisholm, co-founder of the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH), that therapy be aimed at eliminating the concept of right and wrong; and 3) bolstering this, the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

Psychiatry’s attempt to eradicate the concept of right and wrong and thereby destroy personal responsibility by inventing excuses for the most flagrant misconduct, undermines the justice system and must be corrected.

In 2006 the United States Supreme Court upheld the right of the state of Arizona to make laws which excluded many forms of psychiatric testimony in criminal cases. In concluding that the Arizona statute was sufficient to satisfy a criminal defendants’ rights to a fair trial, the Supreme Court quoted a legal source in support of its decision, stating, “No matter how the test for insanity is phrased, a psychiatrist or psychologist is no more qualified than any other person to give an opinion about whether a particular defendant’s mental condition satisfies the legal test for insanity.”

It must be recognized that every person is responsible for his or her own actions and must be held accountable for their actions. State legislators should repeal any laws permitting the insanity defense and diminished capacity pleas. Write your legislators and tell them what you think.