Freitag, 28. März 2008

Emotional Arousal

"Some methods used to induce emotional arousal are obvious, such as the cathartic expression that occurs in many encounter groups, marathon groups, behavioral therapies in which the client is asked to imagine the phobic object, and psychotherapies utilizing screaming or nudity. Other therapies produce emotional arousal by isolation and the withdrawal of all stimuli. The best known of these is Morita therapy, used commonly in Japan, in which the client is put alone in a room for several days and not allowed to do anything except write in a diary. A similar technique is utilized by some American therapies. In primal therapy, the client is instructed: "For 24 hours before your first session, you must confine yourself to a hotel room and, unless otherwise advised, restrict yourself to essential activities such as eating and sleeping ... the length of isolation, which rarely exceeds a few days, is determined by the therapist."


The reader may have noticed that some of these methods for eliciting emotional arousal are remarkably similar to techniques used in brainwashing and also in religious conversion and faith healing sessions. In fact this is true, and Dr. Williman Sargant has written a book (The Mind Possessed) on the similarities of psychotherapy, brainwashing, and religious conversation. All three, according to Sargant, depend on cortical excitation, emotional exhaustion, and subsequent conversion of the client's thinking to a new point of view."


E. Fuller Torrey, M.D., Witchdoctors and Psychiatrists, The Common Roots of Psychotherapy and Its Future



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