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Old 08-07-2011, 04:18 PM
graz graz is offline
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Default Re: Jeff has gone off the deep end

Originally Posted by badhatharry View Post
Here's how it goes. Someone has a problem. He goes to a mental health practitioner. The patient is in an asymmetrical relationship with that practitioner. The practitioner is being paid to help the person with his problem. Further, if the person with the problem is in a vulnerable state when he is seeking that help, which he generally is, that person is not the normal type of consumer and this is one way in which he is not...
Why apply free market principles to this issue? Does everything in life reduce to this for you?

One of the aspects of analysis or counseling is resistance to change, so that if the person who is seeking help is not feeling he is really getting the help (product) he needs or wants, one of the reasons could be that that person is resisting change and blaming it on the practitioner. But another possibility is that the person really isn't being helped. That person is in a double bind and there isn't an objective way to know the correct reason. I mean if the roof leaks, you can sue the roofer for a shitty job. How are you going to prove that the practitioner was no help. It's completely subjective.
Here you're focusing on the subjectivity of psychoanalysis. So, duh?

I'm sure there must be a clinical term for this dilemma other than strange psychology, but I don't know what it is.
The dilemma is restricted to limited applications. Your larger point is lost beyond that realm. Depression or schizophrenia are not easily reduced to market calculations. The complexity requires deeper examination. Even if the doctor/patient dynamic is asymmetrical are there any realistic alternatives? Are you in the do nothing camp ... just as you are regarding most government action?

Last edited by graz; 08-07-2011 at 04:22 PM..
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