Complaints and Fitness-to-Practice are enshrined in the Health Professionals Order 2001 which regulates ‘health professionals’ including psychologists, counsellors, therapists and psychoanalysts. The logic underlying both of them is similar: There is the one standard Health Professional and the one standard treatment for each bundle of symptoms. Thus if you deviate from the One standard you […]
The government is consulting about the section 60 legislation under the Health Professions Order 2001 which will force (though the bps has actually volunteered them) all psychologists to be registered and regulated by the Health Professions Council which is an arm of the government. If the psychologists become a ‘protected title’, then counsellors, therapists, and […]
A confession: For the past two years I have been promising to write a paper on this topic. My ‘To do’ leaps up accusatorily at regular intervals. This is a note from my resting place on the way to production. Dictionary definitions of perverse, perversion and pervert refer to abnormal or unacceptable sexual behaviour. In […]
A response to Professor Willem Buiter’s blog Sunday 6th January, 2008 ‘Is Britain going mad?’ First paragraph: A binary is set up: those who suffer from mental illness – a terrible affliction – and the rest of the population who do not and conform to the government’s definition of acceptable citizens. The government in their […]
I start with three items of news: Steve Wright who is accused of murdering five prostitutes, the inquest into Princess Diana’s death and Britney Spears. Descriptions of the late Princess Diana’s behaviour include the adjective: paranoid and the symptom bulimia. Both are considered non-U behaviour for a fairy-tale princess. Britney Spears’ non-conforming behaviour around hairstyle […]
From the News: A police Inspector? was bailed for one violent offence. He murders the key witness to the offence. The Judge states he does not know why he gave him bail. Let’s speculate…. There are certainties about the Police. They know to murder is illegal. They understand about interfering with witnesses to criminal cases. […]
Certainty and its relationship to the Other: Zizek uses George Soros as his example of this. Soros is either manipulating the money markets (El Shaddai?) and so in a direct relationship to many people’s well-being or he is relieving people’s distress (Elohim?) with money from his massive charity foundation. He ricochets between these two positions […]
On reading my invitation to a Cognitive-Edge training session in New York, I was struck by the use of certainty and uncertainty. Jacques Lacan, the French psychoanalyst, explored these concepts throughout his work. During my editorship, I intend to explore these two from the position of a practicing psychoanalyst. Those of you who know anything […]
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