Talk to the Hand
Now before I get off on my tangent I want to say that I was a Psychology Major and have a great respect for the science of psychology. But as with any other profession scientist can be just plain stupid, ill-informed, lazy and somewhat crazy.
Recent conversations regarding events dealing with criminal acts and behavior have made me shake my head in disbelief. The common excuse used to justify violent acts of aggression and criminal activity has always been, "the criminal came from a poor, abusive household," as if this is to explain away the rape, murder, torture, etc., that was committed by the person against an innocent victim.
All too often this excuse has been heard by folks too lazy to do the research to combat such idiotic rhetoric. Sure the poor and abuse and neglected commit crimes. But not all of them. Just like fat people die of heart attacks, but not all of them.
The logic is that if children are not raised properly then they will become criminals. So why is it that so many criminals are male? I mean I would assume that poor young female children receive the same sort of maltreatment that males do and yet the numbers are skewed dramatically towards males. Likewise in middle class households. Males commit more crimes of violence. So why not focus on hormones. Why not focus on heredity? Genetics?
The other thing that bugs the crap out of me are the idiotic social workers and therapist that are crazier than the person they are counseling. When I was doing clinical training, a technique used to communicate with unresponsive children was to get the child to talk to a puppet or a doll. This disarmed the child's defenses and brought out truth sometimes when truth was hard to find. But the same techniques used to communicate with adults is idiotic. Therapists have been known to find comfort in using "another voice" to talk to adults. I have seen women therapist that were afraid of men use similar techniques to communicate. The puppet asked the question, not me. The puppet is the one, blame him. The puppet wants you to know your mother loves you. The puppet says it wasn't your fault. The puppet led you astray.
Social workers and therapist that hide behind a limited scope of study in their analysis are lazy and ill-informed. Likewise social workers and therapist that hide behind the persona of a puppet or an empty chair are crazy as bat-shit. The counselor that cannot speak with their own voice has issues too large to deal with others. The use of such techniques with children work because the child believes the puppet not because the therapist believes in it.
Those of you that watch the TV show South Park know Mr. Garrison, the transgender teacher of the South Park, Colorado 4th graders, uses his hand puppet and constant "companion", Mr. Hat, to say and do things he would not ordinarily do. This is comical but in real life it is retarded.
Using someone else's voice to communicate is seen more than in the counseling offices it is also seen in the media as well. When we see a newspaper story that is generated from a press release yammering about vague statistical evidence of a conflicting public opinion or a new exciting "development" that will take you, the readers', eye off the truth, it is just Mr. Hat talking and it is insane.
Do not believe everything you hear or read, especially if it comes from a puppet.