Category Archives: Detours

Psychological evasions that lead us away from the truth

Narcissistic Rage and the Sense of Entitlement

A sense of entitlement, along with the expectation that life should be much easier and less frustrating than it actually is, often lies behind the expression of narcissistic rage, a feature of Narcissistic Personality Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder and other superficially discrete categories of diagnosis. Continue reading

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The Role of Helplessness in PTSD Symptoms and Other Disorders

The experience of helplessness in the face of trauma plays a central role in post traumatic stress disorder and the development of ptsd symptoms, but also has an impact on the genesis of other psychological disorders and maladaptive character traits. Continue reading

Posted in Defense Mechanisms, Detours, Unbearable Emotion | 29 Comments

“Psychiatric Meds Are Like Insulin for Diabetes” (Big Lie #3)

Contrary to what we have been led to believe, psychiatric medications do not rectify a chemical imbalance in your brain but instead create one; the body then adapts to this imbalance, and when drug use is discontinued, the physical response is akin to withdrawal symptoms. Continue reading

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The Misuses of Sexual Excitement

Sexual excitement, while crucial for the early stages of a romance, can be abused as a way to avoid true intimacy. Continue reading

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The Cycle of Crime and Punishment in Psychotherapy

A discussion of the psychological cycle of crime and punishment in people who never seem to learn from their experience or grow in psychotherapy. Continue reading

Posted in Detours, Self-Esteem and Self-Sabotage, The Psychotherapy Relationship | Tagged , | 6 Comments