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The Sorrows of Young Werther


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Motion: THW remove all surplus/extraneous staff from schools apart from teachers
Role: Minister (govt.)
Date: Aug 8th, 2013

This era does not seem to be the Golden Era of psychiatry or psychology. There is a tripartite reason for this, which I’m going to elaborate on. As a result of the ongoing situation, it is understandable why it is so hard to hire new school psychologists or other people to deal with young people’s mental-health and career-counseling issues. Money is not the answer, if it ever was.

As the first thing, patients of today are less interesting than in the past. They tend to have problems that are too vague to describe or an overarching condition (such as a depression), the curing of which is too difficult for the doctor. Also, there is less variation in the clientele, as more and more belong to some kind of grey upper and lower middle class. More and more people suffer from one and the same problem. Individuality is on the way out and collective ”coughing” is way in.

Second, the doctors themselves are less ambitious than before. They do not burn for the patients like they used to do. Part of this has to do with the ongoing collectivisation of the clientele; part with the same tendency occurring in doctors themselves. As a tribe, they spent so much neural energy on thinking about psychoanalysis and literature and their interconnection in the 60’s and 70’s that they no longer have the energy. All ideologies, psychoanalysis included, have been on the wane since the collapse of communism, which has been, frankly, the most drastic ideology of all (if you think about the scale and scope of its implementation). Since the early 1990’s, boomers and people senior to them have slowly been losing heart about what they believed in in their youth, and psychotherapies are no exception. Also, practitioners may have found out how little impact their work has on the life of any patient. On seeing drunks who continue drinking, couples who separate and prisoners who relapse in to crime and return to penitentiary, the overall futility of ”therapy” becomes apparent, obvious and evident.

Finally, drugs have become better. They’re far from perfect. If they did not do much good for the patient before, now they address the issue for which they were prescribed, albeit with sometimes massive side-effects that range from incontinence to drowsiness, nausea and general feeling of surrealism. It is easy to prescribe them to patients, who will rather take something material with short-term effects (pills) than something immaterial with long-term effects (therapy). Drug dependency has also more metaphysically to do with how scientific empiricism, or logical positivism, has supplanted most other forms of sciences or disciplines, including the humanities from which psychology originally sprang.

To sum this up and conclude, today is not a good time for psychology. Today might be a good time for psychology, if the drugs were poorer, the doctors more ambitious and the patients more interesting. That was the tricombination which fueled psychoanalysis and psychotherapies in the past. Now that time is way behind us. And, it won’t come back in all likelihood. We will have to come up with some other solution.

I would point the finger @ parents and their role in creating problems for their offspring. School merely exacerbates and highlights those problems, what with its law-of-the-jungle atmosphere, predatory social relationships and stress stemming from high performance expectations. Problems of the afflicted individual are already in the bud at that point.

Some problems may also, by necessity, go undetected by the school. Schizophrenia, e.g., hits the individual in the mid-20’s while its future victim would carry the seeds of that disease already in the school years. As marijuana has been indicated to be a catalyst in inducing schizophrenia in young adults or pubescent teenagers, it would not help in that instance to carry some other kind of seeds in one’s pocket and smoke pot early on in one’s life. Since schools cannot control phenomena like these, it should be understood that we benefit little from occupying schools with an army of different specialists that cannot see what kind of turns their protégés’ lives will take.

Puheen kesto: 5 min 22 sek
Arvio: * * * * ½. Puhe on hyvä. Se käy käsiksi asiaan, josta on melkein universaali käsitys, että ajetun kannan vastakohta on totta. Kuitenkin tuo totuus tulee nyrjäytetyksi paikoiltaan osittain. Kuulijalle jää vastuu oman kannan muodostamisesta.