Facing Reality Or Ignoring It?

By | March 17, 2023 | 0 Comments

When my wife was studying to be a psychologist, a professor discussed schizophrenia. After listing the drugs available, he added, “I tell them if you’re a schizophrenic, be the best one you can be. Get up, make your bed, dress well, and go to work.”

But what if the professor treated schizophrenia the way we now treat a girl who thinks she’s a boy, or a boy who thinks he’s a girl? He would say, “The government is reading your thoughts? Here, I’ll help you make an aluminum-foil hat.”

The function of therapy is to help clients accept reality and adapt to it, not to enable their delusions and misperceptions. Or am I ridiculously old fashioned?

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