thoughts on the “enemy”

Do not be too quick to assume your enemy is a savage just because he is your enemy. Perhaps he is your enemy because he thinks you are a savage. Or perhaps he is afraid of you because he feels that you are afraid of him. And perhaps if he believed you are capable of loving him he would no longer be your enemy

Elements of Self-Destruction

Introducing a new book by Dr. Brent Potter. By Brent Potter PhD -- Director for the Society for Laingian Studies Elements of Self-Destruction “You have to diagnose her now,” my colleague said. “What? I just met with her for an hour-and-a-half. Plus, I’m off the clock in ten minutes.” The response: “It is procedure here that the assessment, diagnosis, and paperwork be completed and turned in directly after the intake session.” It was my first assessment at my first job as a clinician. I felt no sense of reassurance as I, the dutiful new employee, plopped myself down and thumbed through the DSM, the so-called diagnostic ‘Bible’ of mental health. I had 10 minutes left and, mercifully, the DSM provided highly simplistic ways to diagnose. For those without time to read—apparently I was not the only one—it had convenient little boxes with bullet points.

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