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Manufacturing Victims: What The Psychology Industry Is Doing To People

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.321.7265.902/a (Published 07 October 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:902
  1. Raj Persaud, consultant psychiatrist
  1. Maudsley Hospital, London

    Tana Dineen


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    Constable, £14.99, pp 332 ISBN 0094797900

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    Distinctions between terms such as psychotherapist, psychoanalyst, psychologist, and psychiatrist frequently ensnare preliminary discussions of mental concepts, and such disorientation extends to popular books like this. The subtitle, “What the psychology industry is doing to people,” is misleading as the real reference should be to psychotherapy or counselling and not the entire academic discipline of psychology, which includes many non-therapy branches such as developmental and comparative psychology.

    For a huge amount, if not most, of psychology has absolutely nothing to do with therapy. So the effect of the book's albeit justified criticisms of therapy would be akin to a psychiatrist mounting an attack on the whole of …

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