Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Message to Psychiatrists - Proving Your Stupidity is not Required

This man is supposed to have studied and been trained as a fully qualified medical doctor.

He pretends to know more than all but about 100,000 people on earth about people and how they work.

He probably even paid thousands for this "education."

He probably even gets paid thousands for doing studies, publishing papers.

He might even tell people they should take mind altering drugs that cause suicide to get over their depression (a favorite past time of psychiatrists around the world).

So, you might think he would have some brilliant advice for you about how to get along better with your fellow man (talk to them, learn more about their lives).

Maybe some ideas about how to work out your differences with other members of the family (maybe use a mediator, maybe set some ground rules about subjects you agree not to talk about over the holidays - like religion and war - because you will never agree on those subjects, while instead you concentrate on some of the things you do agree with - quality education for your children, real playgrounds and music lessons in school - who knows?).

But, count on a psychiatrist to disappoint and disillusion you.

Here's the brilliant suggestion from a "U.S. expert" that UPI decided was worth sending out a wire on (my mom is a better expert than this, and probably your brother is as well).

Here are the sages words:

"In terms of relationships, nothing magical 'just happens' during the holidays," said Dr. Waguih William IsHak, medical director of the Adult Outpatient Psychiatry Service at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

"If you don't get along with your in-laws during the year, you're probably not going to get along with them during the holiday season either," said IsHak. "Understanding that before you go to visit them can make a big difference in how you'll handle your feelings while you're there."

Mom could do better than this!


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