It’s cheaper to kick somebody’s ass

From the erudite lips of SRK, author of Refusing Psychiatry Without Pissing Off the Neighbors.

“I think the distinction between sociopath and a psychopath boils down to this: If you’re a sociopath, the rest of us will sooner or later gang up to kick your ass; if you’re a psychopath, the rest of us will sooner or later gang up to “treat” you.”

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SRK’s blogger profile: “I became an attorney late in life primarily to advocate for the universal human right to refuse psychiatry.”

Follow him (He’s surely a him based on his taste in movies) on Twitter: @mentalhealthlaw

7 thoughts on “It’s cheaper to kick somebody’s ass”

  1. Rossa,

    Sometimes, I’m very hopeful about the progress being made.

    Other times, I’m reminded of just how embedded the myth of “blame the brain” is within the psychiatric establishment.

    A recent post by David Allen, M.D. (scroll down to ‘Scizophrenia’ section):

    We unfortunately have a ways to go.
    In short, psychiatry may be dead, but many of its die-hard conventional (full of nonsense)practitioners have yet to retire.


    1. You have to wonder about a psychiatrist who uses a term like “blatantly obvious” when it comes to schizophrenia. The behavior is blatantly obvious, but Allen makes the leap to saying it is indicative of a “real disease.”

  2. Hopefully, David Allen will soon retire.

    Like half of the psychiatric profession, he is nearing retirement.

    Very few young people have the desire to become psychiatrists, and the drug-makers are bowing out – no longer willing to continue to invest in failure (even the criminal variety).

    So, psychiatry is in bad shape.
    With very little hope for life-saving measures on the part of the pharma companies and the taxpayer.

    In other words, dead.


  3. Rossa,

    I’m sorry for posting here when my question does not have much to do with your OP. I have been trying to remember the term (perhaps coined by you) of when the emotion you show your loved one negatively ratches up their emotion which in turn negatively wratches up yours until you are both ping ponging off each other in a negative way. It’s a fantastic term because it keeps everything simple. Now, if I could just remember it!


    1. Hi, B’ham,
      What you are referring to is High Expressed Emotion (versus Low Expressed Emotion). I didn’t coin it, as these terms have been around for a while. You tend to read about it in psychology books. I don’t think it ventured out much beyond professional circles because relatives often feel it is a criticism of them. And, in some cases, I suppose the professionals have directed it at the relatives. But, as you note, really, all it means is to turn down the volume in the house, stop feeling sorry for the person and yourself, don’t freak when your relative does something “unusual,” etc.

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