Psychotherapy can be a hazardous undertaking. Clients have only two choices: talk or pills. Modern psychiatry, with its emphasis on biological theorizing and genetic speculation, has been responsible for the "diseasing" and "tranquilizing" of the public and for convincing most Americans that if they are not already mentally ill and in urgent need of help, they soon will be. And instead of living free, independent, and spontaneous lives, most clients of psychotherapy wind up more dependent, more anxious, more addicted, and psychologically and emotionally worse off than before. The history of psychotherapy is marked by incompetence, inhumane and immoral treatment, and a total misunderstanding of human beings. Sadly, this lack of understanding also dominates mental health treatment today. The young, the elderly, the emotionally distraught, and the weak and dependent are still being taken advantage of by unethical, immoral, and incompetent psychologists, counselors, and social workers.
Dr. Baker addresses the problem of the lack of scientific training and outlook among the people in the mental health field and examines what is needed if the public is to be better served by the mental health professions.
"A welcome antidote to today's over-emphasis on victimization " Small Press Magazine
"A thoughtful, well-considered counter-argument to traditional medical theory. . . . The chapter on 'Medicated America' was simply the best on this kind of subject I've ever read." Chris DeVito, CD Syndicated Radio
"[Baker's] devastating critique of current psychiatric concepts and practices is thoroughly documented and shockingly persuasive. . . . Mind Games is a must-read for members of the helping professions as well as persons currently undergoing or contemplating psychiatric treatment." Sandia Review of Books
"Baker's principal message of pulling one's self up by one's own bootstraps will cause dismay among those who have made the profession of psychotherapy such a money tree." Columbus Free Press
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The late Robert A. Baker, Ph.D. was the author of the acclaimed They Call It Hypnosis. He taught psychology at MIT, Standford University, and the University of Kentucky, where he was chairman of the Psychology Department until his retirement. He was also the author of Hidden Memories: Voices and Visions from Within, and Mind Games: Are We Obsessed with Therapy? and was editor of Child Sexual Abuse and False Memory Syndrome.