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“Middlemarch:” Hate it!

20 Mar

I finally read Moby Dick. I had tried years before, but it was so amazingly tedious and boring that I gave it up. And I’m a HUGE reader. Going back to it 25 years later, it was still unbelievably tedious and boring. But I slogged through it. So I figured I would read “Middlemarch” next. I mean, it’s a classic and it is well-known. And besides, it can’t be as bad as Moby Dick. That book (Moby Dick) is truly the high water mark for tedious and boring, and I figured that Middlemarch had to be better.

I was wrong. I’m not even going to finish Middlemarch. Yeah, it’s not as bad as Moby Dick, but that’s not exactly high praise. I guess tedious and boring really sold back then, because of that is “Middlemarch” all over. I even had the BBC video production and I could not make it through that, either. I just didn’t care after a little while, and life is just too short to waste it slogging through crap. And it didn’t take me very long to get there.

I know some people say that this is a great option instead of reading Jane Austen. I disagree. Jane Austen is palatable, even entertaining most of the time. The other female writer of that era (pen name George Eliot, nee Mary Ann Evans) is neither. She is a scold and a bore. If she were one of her characters, she would be Dorothea, not Dorothea’s little sister, Celia. There is a reason Jane Austen has (again) become wildly popular while Middlemarch has been a dud.  It’s not just the blatantly Leftist themes. It’s that the writing itself is terrible. Even the BBC could not salvage it.

Do yourself a favor and don’t read it. If you were forced to read it for a class, please accept my condolences.

 
 

The truth is that

10 Jan

almost ALL licensing schemes are merely a racquet with the aim of protecting a privileged and credentialed few. You want to do surgery? Your medical license is meaningless–the hospital won’t let you operate without some kind of private credentialing. So tell me again, just what does licensing accomplish?

The case of hair braiders is only the thin edge of the wedge.

Licensing is a total failure. It doesn’t protect the public at all–I know many to whom I would not refer, and they are licensed! In fact, it makes things worse. Consumers don’t do their homework because they assume that state licensure is some kind of proof of competency. If there were none, people would be far more vigilant. And then licensing boards in most states demand that you buy Continuing Education in order to stay licensed, even though there is not a shred of evidence that such a scheme actually does any good. It is just a sop to the big CE companies. Licensing Boards are just lackeys for big business. New York and several other states have done away with it, as should everyone.

No, CE is totally bogus and worthless as education. It is ONLY payola for the CE companies. It’s just another tax. As I have said before, I don’t care if the presenter talks about fluffy bunnies as long as I get my CEs. So I get to pay for the seminar and then get to lose the money I would have made that day. All to make some bureaucrat feel important and powerful. Nice. Taking food out of my children’s mouths, what licensing does…

 
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OK, now it has surpassed irritation:

09 May

From a diagnostic standpoint, why all the Bipolar Mood Disorder diagnoses? I understand that there may be crass financial issues at stake, here, but this is getting ridiculous!

I got a person in who had a psychotic episode due to a certain medication. The diagnosis? Bipolar Mood Disorder. You have GOT to be kidding me! I was stunned.

I am frequently on the stand in court, and I would eat a person who made such a crappy diagnosis for lunch. Already, I have met one in court (a psychiatrist), but he backed down. I would have cleaned his clock if he hadn’t.

This is sheer incompetence. Any such diagnoses ought to be viewed with extreme skepticism. I have made that diagnosis in the past, but only when it was richly deserved (and I could document it). I sometimes just want to say, “Come on, you should know better!). Such incompetence hurts my heart and that makes me sad.

 
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“Sybil” was a fraud

18 Oct

I guess we should have known that. But it’s true. Of course it was all a hoax, a diagnosis du jour kind of thing, with real victims. It was  blatant hoax, geared to aggrandize and enrich certain people. There’s a reason you don’t see that diagnosis now–it was never there in the first place.

I wish the same thing weren’t happening now, but it is (can you say, “bipolar?”). If you hang around psychology long enough, you see pretty obvious “trendy” diagnoses. Most often they lead to fame and fortune for the “therapist.” Or just fortune.

About 20 years ago I was on a radio show confronting an “expert” on multiple personality disorder. She got so angry and hostile toward me. Yet I was right–this was all a sham. I have been in practice for 20 years and I have never seen a multiple personality. And I know a lot of psychologists who have been in practice longer than I have that have never seen one.

Kind of like “bipolar.” Now I have made that diagnosis and there have been people who richly merited that diagnosis. But it is rare. We can talk another time about how people (especially psychiatrists, but an unfortunate number of psychologists) mistake the chronic mood instability of a Personality Disorder with Bipolar Mood Disorder.

I know that what I have said will upset some people. But I speak the truth.