Posted On:11/27/2012 5:02pm
Originally Posted by jk55299
Cognitive Behavior Therapy seems limited, kind of a quick fix. It is really good for people that can't function in society but less helpful for white girl problems...
CBT is only a "quick fix" because CBT has a concrete agreed-upon end goal from beginning of therapy until therapy is ended, is results oriented and takes much less time than many other forms of therapy. CBT doesn't fit the typical definition of a "quick fix" in that it is typically very effective and usually has low rates of recurrence among those treated with it.
Perhaps what you're having issues with is the idea that you don't need to know where a maladaptive process comes from in order to change it into something more beneficial.
Posted On:12/07/2012 2:03am
Originally Posted by Son of Thunder
If you don't have one already, you should immediately buy a copy of the Nicomachean Ethics. You need to be an Aristotelian.
Instead of being a deadly sin, Aristotle considered pride (Greek: "megalopsychia")to be a great virtue (Some scholars argue that he considered it the supreme virtue. In NE IV.7 he called it the crown of the virtues). But it is a very specific form of pride. Aristotle says in NE IV.3: "The man is thought to be [megalopsychos] who thinks himself worthy of great things, being worthy of them." So the megalopsychic man thinks himself to be supremely awesome because he is in fact supremely awesome.
"Pride" is a very misleading translation here, as we see in your later comment when you suggest that Aristotle's ethical system advocates selfishness. The Greek term is better rendered as "great-mindedness" or "great-souledness." The Latin-based equivalent word in English is "magnanimity," which also derives from "great-souledness." Aristotle's view on this is that a truly excellent person, one who lives well and does well, will have all of the virtues (including intellectual virtues and moral virtues), and will thereby be deserving of reputation, success, honors, etc. Given that such a person has an honest and accurate self-appraisal, the person will recognize that they are worthy of these. But this doesn't mean that they will be arrogant about it. This would be what he calls "empty vanity" and it is the vice of excess just as undervaluing yourself is a vice of deficiency in Aristotle's view.
Posted On:12/07/2012 2:35am
Originally Posted by Devil
Whose place is it to say when a healthy ego crosses the line and becomes inflated or when it becomes a "mental health issue?" It's just a matter of opinion. Being different or having more pride than the next man doesn't mean you're ill.
No, just being different from the next person or having more pride than the next person doesn't constitute mental illness.
Please Note: Just to be clear, the following are general theoretical points, NOT an attempt to comment about any person in the thread or on the forum:
However, when someone's assessment of their own abilities, perception of their own behaviors and those of others, and understanding of their relation to other people and institutions tracks reality poorly, those are good indicators that the person may be suffering from a disorder.
In addition, when someone's narcissistic inclinations interfere with their being able to function in away that allows them to pursue their goals and to interact with the people in their life with whom they want to interact, etc., that seems to me to constitute good grounds to think that their narcissism is at the level of a disorder.
I'm not attempting a medical definition here. Rather, I'm suggesting that if one's "ego" (not in Freud's sense but in the popular sense) is bloated enough that it seriously distorts how one experiences and remembers things or interferes with one's ability to function, then that's a problem worth getting help with.
Posted On:12/07/2012 7:05am
Style: Hung Gar
Lacan has never made any sense to me.
I don't think that CBT is necessarily a "quick fix." The way that CBT plays out in research literature is to some extent an artifact of research design (e.g. a well-controlled trial has to have operationalized goals and a set "dose" of therapy etc.). In normal practice a person might see a "CBT" therapist for 8-12 sessions or for a year or more, depending on what the individual might need.
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