James A. Watkins is an entrepreneur, musician, and a writer with four non-fiction books and hundreds of magazine articles read by millions.
Nothing is Anybody's Fault
Psychology is the only profession that creates the diseases it claims to cure. Before Sigmund Freud came along, no intelligent adult would pronounce that his own actions were not his fault. Psychology created a new man who is blameless for his failures and not responsible for them because they came from his childhood when he was innocent.
Since psychology originated in Christian society, there is no question but that Christianity is its target, what it seeks to displace. A sinner is told to "Repent!" by Jesus, but the psychologist says there is nothing to repent for, only things for which you need therapy at $250 an hour.
There is No Such Thing as Crime
After World War Two, it became unfashionable to think that heredity had anything to do with how one turned out. Instead, it must be social forces, especially bad family environments. It became accepted that it was only bad childhoods that made for delinquents and criminals. And so the Social Worker Revolution came.
Christian volunteers had done social work for centuries. But the new paradigm was that Freudian psychology would work better—social work would carry on best without Jesus. Soon, this idea was applied to juvenile and adult offenders. It was observed that criminals have other conduct disorders as well as committing crimes, perhaps mental or nervous abnormalities.
The mind doctors generally concluded that rather than beset by spiritual problems, felons are victims of psychic trauma in their past, that they might not even remember. The remedy was to establish a system of psychiatric clinics alongside all courts and prisons and allow mental experts to guide judges and prison officials to treat those who misbehave.
Some experts said prisons should be eliminated and replaced by mental health rehabilitation centers since criminals were not genuinely blameworthy for their foul deeds. Even the famous atheist lawyer Clarence Darrow argued in court: "There is no such thing as crime. Therefore there is no such thing as a moral responsibility."
Later, the thought that came into vogue among behavioralists was that mothers cause virtually every human problem. Your mother "first stirs up bitterness and revenge wishes in the child, " and "the hate that burns in the child's heart." So the mothers of the world were the cause of war, crime, mental illness, marital difficulties, sexual problems, alcoholism, psychosis, and neuroses.
Well, back to the criminals. It turns out that boys who have had therapy, and boys who haven’t, grow up to commit about the same number of crimes. Criminals who had undergone therapy in prison committed more crimes after they got out than those who hadn’t. The longer the treatment, the more crimes they perpetrated, and the crimes were more injurious.
So, you mean to tell me that teaching juvenile delinquents and felons that their villainy is not their fault; that they are not responsible to man or God for their behavior; that they are victims themselves, did not make them go on the straight and narrow? Still, any cockamamie idea is worth a try, except for reading the Bible and going to church.
Research shows that boys who receive therapy have more problems as adults than those who do not, such as alcoholism, mental problems, disease, and commission of serious crimes. Dr. Tana Dineen, who practiced psychology for 30 years, says in her book Manufacturing Victims that scientific studies show therapy to be ineffective, unnecessary, and often harmful.
Listen to psychologist Roger Mills: “I have personally seen therapists convince their clients that all of their problems come from their mothers, the stars, their biochemical makeup, their diet, their lifestyle, and even the ‘karma’ from their past lives.”
Too Much Self-Esteem
Now according to medical authorities, it is true that our children are exhibiting all-time high levels of anti-social behavior, as well as drug and alcohol abuse and suicidal tendencies. Maybe it is because, for a generation, they have been saturated with 'self-esteem' psychological engineering.
Studies show that psychopaths, sociopaths, narcissists, bullies, murderers, thieves, and the habitually hostile, always alienated, mean, and self-destructive persons, all have very high self-esteem. In the end, people with the highest esteem in the world are the most attractive females.
Paul the Apostle warns against thinking too highly of yourself—of esteeming ourselves too highly. Obsessing about your ‘self’ was promoted by Erich Fromm, who said, "Belief in God is a childish illusion." Fromm believed "the lack of self-esteem is central to the personal and social ills plaguing our nation."
A study by Yochelson and Samenow of the most vicious criminals found that not one of them had low self-esteem. Science says the higher the self-esteem, the "more likely to commit crimes" and "the more likely one will be immoral, violent, and a sociopath."
Forty percent of American women are depressed, according to a government spokeswoman. Every person in America is damaged emotionally, some say. Various studies conclude that adolescent boys are deprived emotionally and live lives of quiet desperation. They are engulfed by isolation and loneliness. Girls crash and burn under great suffering. Men are in agony, and enraged, having lost their sense of self. Seventy-seven percent of all adults suffer from emotional disorders; the whole country is “officially nuts,” said the Wall Street Journal.
Now, a reasonable person might notice that ever since psychology burst on the scene in America in the 1960s, we have seen a tenfold increase in sin—which, after all, isn't your fault. But it is precisely sin that separates us from God and requires repentance to reconcile with God, not therapy.
Our society groans under the weight of ten times as much crime, violence, and immorality as we had fifty years ago. After all, what is attractive about psychology is that it absolves us individually of guilt. It provides an an excuse for our wrongdoings. We are nothing more than the product of our genes or social environment: We are all victims!
No Mind, No Mental Illness
Due to the determination to have psychology and psychiatry established as ‘sciences,’ for reasons of prestige, most in those fields, since their founding, have claimed that our thoughts, emotions, behavior, and personality are all purely physical phenomena.
These specialists made grand promises to make society and the world better and safer because they would solve our age-old problems. Finally, in 1979 the American Psychological Association admitted that what it represents is not and cannot be a ‘science.’
And notice the irony of a field that denies anything exists such as a ‘mind’ and yet calls the problems it says it will cure ‘mental illness.’ Shouldn’t it be ‘brain illness’ if we have no minds outside our brains?
The Father of American Psychology, William James, believed that each of us has a soul that exists in a spiritual universe, apart from our bodies in this physical world. In essence, the spiritual self is who we are, a more concrete, permanent, intimate person than whom we appear to be to others. Your spiritual self includes your personality, core values, and conscience.
But James was not a Christian. He believed in Pantheism—that God is not separate from the Universe, but God is, in effect, the Universe. Therefore he fell into the error of thinking “higher powers exist that are at work to save the world," when the only 'higher powers' he was in contact with were through the Occult. They are out to destroy the world and everything and everyone in it.
A Therapized Nation
The mental health industry is booming. Mostly because it creates its customers by selling the public on the doctrine of 'therapism.' Anguished Americans must have an army of therapists, self-esteem gurus, grief counselors, sensitivity trainers, and trauma experts to make it through life. As Abraham Maslow said, "Psychologists will save the world, or it won't be saved at all."
Maslow wanted psychology to replace Christianity. Human beings would be peaceful, happy, and fulfilled as soon as people were accepted and esteemed—just as they are—by others and themselves. He did not believe evil existed, but "a sick culture makes sick people."
Although he is revered in the mental health community, his own studies proved his theories to be completely wrong. His idea that unhappiness was caused by “not being yourself” or “not finding yourself” is false. Sin causes human unhappiness, as does making poor decisions, and not practicing delayed gratification.
One of Maslow’s disciples was Abbie Hoffman, a famous Sixties revolutionary, hater of America, despiser of free enterprise, clown, psychopath, drug abuser, and drug dealer. But he did not find solace, his life ending in suicide.
These ideas are so ingrained in our fellow Americans by the government indoctrination centers (public schools) that a study of values in 2000 by political science professor Alan Wolfe found that many people refuse to express moral judgments about evenoutrageous crimes. Instead, they will say, “Everybody makes mistakes.” Even serial killer, cannibal, and homosexual rapist Jeffrey Dahmer’s deeds elicited sympathy: “I felt sorry for him,” said some respondents. We have lost our will to criticize vicious, heinous behavior.
God has told us that we choose our actions, and the choices we make shape our destinies. Therefore, we are right to praise people who do the right thing and blame people who do the wrong thing, especially habitually.
The whole mental health field is not comfortable with personal responsibility, believing the things we do are outside of our control due to genetic predispositions and the environment in which we grew up. That is the crux of the case for nonjudgmentalism. The comic strip Non Sequitur shows a mental health facility: “1st Floor: Mother’s Fault. 2nd Floor: Father’s Fault. 3rd Floor: Society’s Fault.” Nonjudgmentalism is not the essence of kindness; it is the essence of madness.
Carl Jung and His Handlers
The great Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung was intensely into the Occult. He wrote of visitations he had from demons that menaced and frightened him horribly, while also teaching him what became his theories.
Jung wrote about this in his Red Book, but his family withheld that work from publication until forty years after his death. Jung said, about what he learned from these demons, “Everything else is to be derived from this. It began at that time, and the later details hardly matter anymore. My entire life consisted in elaborating what had burst forth from the unconscious and flooded me like an enigmatic stream and threatened to break me.”
What did Carl Jung learn from the spirit guides of the other world? “Our unconscious existence is the real one and our conscious world a kind of illusion.” A proud Buddhist could not have said it better.
Jung said his personal spirit guide was named Philemon, who would appear and disappear quickly and without warning. Over time, Jung began to admire Philemon, and it is from him that he learned the crucial ideas that still affect the world today a great deal. Late in life, Jung admitted that he didn't know what the ‘soul' is—even though the word ‘psychology' means its study.