Sunday, January 01, 2006

"I have been in pastoral education, counselling and psychotherapy for 30 years"

You'd never guess.

6 comments:

Serf said...

And to think the author thinks that is a recommendation?

Blimpish said...

But I'm sure they'll be ready to live independently any day now...

dearieme said...

But you gotta admire the coining of "worlf" for a world where wolves playing a leading role. Neat.

James Hamilton said...

This is Nick Owen, who's very prominent in the counselling/therapy scene in Oxfordshire. (By all accounts, good at helping people turn things around for themselves. And he annoys UKCP, which can only speak well for him).I know that therapy's VERY unpopular amongst bloggers, especially when therapists come up with blogs as priceless as Nick's. Why it is that therapists are such easy prey for irrational extremism when it comes to politics is quite beyond me. It's a plain category error to take psychotherapeutic thought, which evolved around individuals and small groups meeting in cozy rooms, and apply it to the behaviour of entire populations and non-human entities such as corporations. But even when the error's been made, I'm somewhat at a loss to explain why it leads on to a kind of rampant, one-eyed anti-american, anti-western bigotry. That, one would have thought, would run contrary to ideas of unconditional acceptance and relative morality.
But you gotta hate someone, and without football to help you get it off your chest, what else is there for a man to do but sigh and log onto medialens?

James Hamilton said...

Actually, to expand on my previous comment, bad luck Oxfordshire. Owen's clearly far too taken with the paranoid wing of online journalism, and extends that sense of persecution and paranoia into his daily life. One of those things that makes me shake my head at what are, at the end of the day, my own colleagues.

Laban said...

James is right. "You gotta hate somebody". Or as Genghis Khan put it 'give me the woman I can love, the horse I can ride, and the enemy I can hate' - something like that anyway.

Since we replaced Original Sin with liberal self-loathing (a doctrine which, unlike its predecessor, requires others to change rather than one's self) we've been unable to take it out on the traditional lesser breeds and had to find substitutes.

Anyone remember 'But I've never met a nice South African ?'

Since SA became a rainbow nation there's only the Septics left to hate !