Crazy Therapies: What are They? Do They Work?

Crazy Therapies: What are They? Do They Work?


By (author) Janja Lalich, By (author) Margaret Thaler Singer

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  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass Inc.,U.S.
  • Format: Hardback | 263 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 231mm x 30mm | 590g
  • Publication date: 13 September 1996
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0787902780
  • ISBN 13: 9780787902780
  • Illustrations note: illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,199,750

Product description

A startling----and often downright amusing----expose of the alternative philosophies and practices that can be found in today's ever--growing psychotherapeutic marketplace. The book describes actual case histories of people who participated in a variety of controversial therapies, including alien abduction, past lives regression, and aromatherapy.

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Author information

MARGARET THALER SINGER is a clinical psychologist and emeritus adjunct professor at the University of California, Berkeley. An expert on post--traumatic stress and cults, she lectures widely in the United States and abroad. She is the lead author of Cults in Our Midst (Jossey--Bass, 1995). JANJA LALICH is a writer, consultant, and specialist in cults and psychological manipulation and abuse. She is also the coauthor of Captive Hearts, Captive Minds (1994) and Cults in Our Midst (Jossey--Bass, 1995).

Review quote

"This book is an intelligent, witty guide for anyone who is considering an "innovative" or unconventional approach to mental health or personal transformation." "Singer brings educated skepticism to her topic--the wide-open field of fringe psychotherapy." (Dallas Morning News) "Crazy Therapies is a much-needed book to help consumers navigate the unregulated filed of psychotherapy." "This is a consumer guide to help sort out what might be right for you." (The Denver Post) "Written in a clear, highly entertaining, and popular style, "Crazy Therapies" is just the book for anyone trying to wend their way through the daunting therapeutic maze." "Tells a sad but fascinating tale of pathological therapies that abound throughout the country." "This title is a good complement to Jack Gorman's The New Psychiatry. Together, the two titles provide a solid background for anyone seeking assistance with life's problems." "Crazy Therapies is fascinating reading and would be helpful for anyone considering any innovative approach to mental health or personal transformation." "...a must read for anyone who believes that there is sometimes little difference between some mental health practices and the occult. This is that rare book that is both highly entertaining and deeply disturbing..." (Behavioural Interventions, April 2001)

Table of contents

Introduction. 1. What's Wrong with this Picture? 2. Back to the Beginning: Regression, Reparenting, and Rebirthing. 3. Backwards and Forwards: Past--Life/Future--Life Therapy. 4. They've Got You Coming and Going: Entities Therapists and the Channeling Connection. 5. You Were Abducted by ETs----That's What the Matter Is. 6. Cry, Laugh, Attack, Scream----Cathart Your Brains Out. 7. Therapeutic Seductions----or Sexual Hanky--Panky. 8. Alphabet Soup for the Mind and Soul: NLP, FC, NOT, EMDR. 9. How Did This Happen? And What Can You Do?