Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Interest in teeth brushing is more common than in spirituality at the Royal College of Psychiatrists

It has come to my attention that the Royal College of Psychiatrists has a special interest group: Spirituality in Mental Health. This article is from one of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (in London) ex-presidents : http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/pdf/ASimsRelationshipEnergy.pdf You can decide for yourself what kind of "battery" powers him. Allegedly, this Special Interest Group was allowed to be formed because the Royal College of Psychiatrists constitution allows it if there is sufficient number of people interested to form such a group. Surely, there are more psychiatrists and patients interested in teeth brushing on daily basis, but there is no such group at the Royal College of Psychiatrists in London! We just get on with this business of teeth brushing in private. Surely, our superstitious beliefs should be kept in private if we are unable to keep them under control. It is hypocritical to recommend to our patients to have cognitive behavioural therapy which addresses personal beliefs while at the same time desperately hanging onto personal superstitions which are also destructive beliefs (sexist for a start, psychopathic and so on). This reminds me of a joke about a man who was deluded that his tooth brush was a poodle called Fifi. One day his psychiatrist asked him: "And how is Fifi today?" He replied: "It is a tooth brush, not Fifi". Promptly discharged from psychiatric care he whispered: "Fifi, we are safe now".

1 comment:

Henry North London said...

mmmm A few nuts short of a fruitcake I think...

But that would be offensive to fruitcakes..