Hearing Voices and Psychotherapeutic Position (or How Socrates Was Right)

Not long ago I participated in a seminar about hearing voices and other unusual human experiences. In an atmosphere of openness and acceptance we together -relatives, supporters, volunteers and professionals –were listening to different stories by voice hearers, who painted a completely different landscape from the one we are used to in our lives. With […]

“Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.” George Bernard Shaw

I believe there are only a few, who haven’t watched the epic war film Braveheart (1995) and whose arms didn’t break out in gooseflesh at William Wallace’s (Mel Gibson) cheer: “They can take our lives, but they will never take our freedom!” The film, which is based on a true story (probably not exact to […]

Winnie-the-Pooh is being diagnosed: about usefulness or uselessness of psychiatric diagnosis

Winnie-the-Pooh, by A.A. Milne, was one of my favourite books in the childhood. My heart would fill with warmth when I entered the magical world of the Hundred Acre Wood, where lived Pooh, a good-natured, honey-loving bear; Owl, omniscient bird; the meddlesome Rabbit; Eeyore, the gloomy donkey; Tigger, a frisky tiger; Piglet, a timid and […]

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