Coercion As Cure

Coercion As Cure
A Critical History of Psychiatry

by Thomas Szasz

  • Publisher : Transaction Publishers
  • Release : 2009
  • Pages : 278
  • ISBN : 1412810507
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Understanding the history of psychiatry requires an accurate view of its function and purpose. In this provocative new study, Szasz challenges conventional beliefs about psychiatry. He asserts that, in fact, psychiatrists are not concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of bona fide illnesses. Psychiatric tradition, social expectation, and the law make it clear that coercion is the profession's determining characteristic. Psychiatrists may "diagnose" or "treat" people without their consent or even against their clearly expressed wishes, and these involuntary psychiatric interventions are as different as are sexual relations between consenting adults and the sexual violence we call "rape." But the point is not merely the difference between coerced and consensual psychiatry, but to contrast them. The term "psychiatry" ought to be applied to one or the other, but not both. As long as psychiatrists and society refuse to recognize this, there can be no real psychiatric historiography. The coercive character of psychiatry was more apparent in the past than it is now. Then, insanity was synonymous with unfitness for liberty. Toward the end of the nineteenth century, a new type of psychiatric relationship developed, when people experiencing so-called "nervous symptoms," sought help. This led to a distinction between two kinds of mental diseases: neuroses and psychoses. Persons who complained about their own behavior were classified as neurotic, whereas persons about whose behavior others complained were classified as psychotic. The legal, medical, psychiatric, and social denial of this simple distinction and its far-reaching implications undergirds the house of cards that is modern psychiatry. Coercion as Cure is the most important book by Szasz since his landmark The Myth of Mental Illness.

Suicide Prohibition

Suicide Prohibition
The Shame of Medicine

by Thomas Szasz

  • Publisher : Syracuse University Press
  • Release : 2011-10-12
  • Pages : 132
  • ISBN : 9780815609902
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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In Western thought, suicide has evolved from sin to sin-and-crime, to crime, to mental illness, and to semilegal act. A legal act is one we are free to think and speak about and plan and perform, without penalty by agents of the state. While dying voluntarily is ostensibly legal, suicide attempts and even suicidal thoughts are routinely punished by incarceration in a psychiatric institution. Although many people believe the prevention of suicide is one of the duties the modern state owes its citizens, Szasz argues that suicide is a basic human right and that the lengths to which the medical industry goes to prevent it represent a deprivation of that right. Drawing on his general theory of the myth of mental illness, Szasz makes a compelling case that the voluntary termination of one's own life is the result of a decision, not a disease. He presents an in-depth examination and critique of contemporary anti-suicide policies, which are based on the notion that voluntary death is a mental health problem, and systematically lays out the dehumanizing consequences of psychiatrizing suicide prevention. If suicide be deemed a problem, it is not a medical problem. Managing it as if it were a disease, or the result of a disease, will succeed only in debasing medicine and corrupting the law. Pretending to be the pride of medicine, psychiatry is its shame.

The Manufacture of Madness

The Manufacture of Madness
A Comparative Study of the Inquisition and the Mental Health Movement

by Thomas Szasz

  • Publisher : Syracuse University Press
  • Release : 1997-04-01
  • Pages : 406
  • ISBN : 9780815604617
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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In this seminal work, Dr. Szasz examines the similarities between the Inquisition and institutional psychiatry. His purpose is to show “that the belief in mental illness and the social actions to which it leads have the same moral implications and political consequences as had the belief in witchcraft and the social actions to which it led.”

Cultural Sociology of Mental Illness

Cultural Sociology of Mental Illness
An A-to-Z Guide

by Andrew Scull

  • Publisher : SAGE Publications
  • Release : 2013-12-20
  • Pages : 1176
  • ISBN : 1483388999
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Cultural Sociology of Mental Illness: An A to Z Guide looks at recent reports that suggest an astonishing rise in mental illness and considers such questions as: Are there truly more mentally ill people now or are there just more people being diagnosed and treated? What are the roles of economics and the pharmacological industry in this controversy? At the core of what is going on with mental illness in America and around the world, the editors suggest, is cultural sociology: How differing cultures treat mental illness and, in turn, how mental health patients are affected by the culture. In this illuminating multidisciplinary reference, expert scholars explore the culture of mental illness from the non-clinical perspectives of sociology, history, psychology, epidemiology, economics, public health policy, and finally, the mental health patients themselves. Key themes include Cultural Comparisons of Mental Health Disorders; Cultural Sociology of Mental Illness Around the World; Economics; Epidemiology; Mental Health Practitioners; Non-Drug Treatments; Patient, the Psychiatry, and Psychology; Psychiatry and Space; Psychopharmacology; Public Policy; Social History; and Sociology. Key Features This two-volume A-Z work, available in both print and electronic formats, includes close to 400 articles by renowned experts in their respective fields. An Introduction, a thematic Reader’s Guide, a Glossary, and a Resource Guide to Key Books, Journals, and Associations and their web sites enhance this invaluable reference. A chronology places the cultural sociology of mental illness in historical context. 150 photos bring concepts to life. The range and scope of this Encyclopedia is vivid testimony to the intellectual vitality of the field and will make a useful contribution to the next generation of sociological research on the cultural sociology of mental illness.

Cruel Compassion

Cruel Compassion
Psychiatric Control of Society's Unwanted

by Thomas Szasz

  • Publisher : Syracuse University Press
  • Release : 1998-02-01
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN : 9780815605102
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Cruel Compassion is the capstone of Thomas Szasz's critique of psychiatric practices. Reexamining psychiatric interventions from a cultural-historical and political-economic perspective, Szasz demonstrates that the main problem that faces mental health policy makers today is adult dependency. Millions of Americans, diagnosed as mentally ill, are drugged and confined by doctors for noncriminal conduct, go legally unpunished for the crimes they commit, and are supported by the state - not because they are sick, but because they are unproductive and unwanted. Obsessed with the twin beliefs that misbehavior is a medical disorder and that the duty of the state is to protect adults from themselves, we have replaced criminal-punitive sentences with civil-therapeutic 'programs.' The result is the relentless loss of individual liberty, erosion of personal responsibility, and destruction of the security of persons and property - symptoms of the transformation of a Constitutional Republic into a Therapeutic State, unconstrained by the rule of law. Szasz shows convincingly that not until we separate therapy from coercion—much as the founders separated theology from coercion—shall we be able to get a handle on our seemingly intractable psychiatric and social problems. No contemporary thinker has done more than Thomas Szasz to expose the myths and misconceptions surrounding insanity and the practice of psychiatry. Now, in Cruel Compassion, he gives us a sobering look at some of our most cherished notions about our humane treatment of society's unwanted, and perhaps more importantly, about ourselves as a compassionate and democratic people.

Thomas Szasz

Thomas Szasz
An appraisal of his legacy

by C. V. Haldipur,James L. Knoll IV,Eric v. d. Luft

  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release : 2019-01-24
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN : 0192543210
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Thomas Szasz wrote over thirty books and several hundred articles, replete with mordant criticism of psychiatry, in both scientific and popular periodicals. His works made him arguably one of the world's most recognized psychiatrists, albeit one of the most controversial. These writings have been translated into several languages and have earned him a worldwide following. Szasz was a man of towering intellect, sweeping historical knowledge, and deep-rooted, mostly libertarian, philosophical beliefs. He wrote with a lucid and acerbic wit, but usually in a way that is accessible to general readers. His books cautioned against the indiscriminate power of psychiatry in courts and in society, and against the apparent rush to medicalize all human folly. They have spawned an eponymous ideology that has influenced, to various degrees, laws relating to mental health in several countries and states. This book critically examines the legacy of Thomas Szasz - a man who challenged the very concept of mental illness and questioned several practices of psychiatrists. The book surveys his many contributions including those in psychoanalysis, which are very often overlooked by his critics. While admiring his seminal contribution to the debate, the book will also point to some of his assertions that merit closer scrutiny. Contributors to the book are drawn from various disciplines, including Psychiatry, Philosophy and Law; and are from various countries including the United States, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom and the Netherlands. Some contributors knew Thomas Szasz personally and spent many hours with him discussing issues he raised in his books and articles. The book will be fascinating reading for anyone interested in matters of mental health, human rights, and ethics.

Principles of Social Psychiatry

Principles of Social Psychiatry
A Book

by Craig Morgan,Dinesh Bhugra

  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Release : 2010-06-14
  • Pages : 602
  • ISBN : 047069713X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Social psychiatry is concerned with the effects of the social environment on the mental health of the individual, and with the effects of the person with a mental disorder on his/her social environment. The field encompasses social interventions, prevention and the promotion of mental health. This new edition of Principles of Social Psychiatry provides a broad overview of current thinking in this expanding field and will be a source of ideas both in research and for the management of mental disorder. It opens by putting social psychiatry in perspective, within both psychiatry and the social sciences. From the patient's perspective, the outermost influence is the culture in which they live, followed by their neighbourhoods, workmates, and friends and family. The next section considers how we conceptualize the social world, from families through cultural identify and ethnicity to the wider social environment. The book reviews the social determinants and consequences of the major mental disorders before considering interventions and service delivery at various levels to mitigate these. It closes with a review of the social impact of mental illness around the world and a thoughtful essay by the editors on the current state of social psychiatry and where it is heading.

Encyclopedia of Science, Technology, and Ethics

Encyclopedia of Science, Technology, and Ethics
A Book

by Carl Mitcham

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2005
  • Pages : 2378
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This encyclopedia considers both the professional ethics of science and technology, and the social, ethical, and political issues raised by science and technology.

Sociology in Our Times: The Essentials

Sociology in Our Times: The Essentials
A Book

by Diana Kendall

  • Publisher : Cengage Learning
  • Release : 2016-12-05
  • Pages : 608
  • ISBN : 1337517283
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Current and relevant to today's students, SOCIOLOGY IN OUR TIMES: THE ESSENTIALS, 11th Edition presents the latest available data and new insights on behaviors, beliefs, issues, and trends in our nation and world from a sociological perspective. The new edition of this bestselling text emphasizes the themes of social change, the effects of social media on communication, and the intertwining nature of politics and social policy in the United States and worldwide. Students contemplate such issues as gun control, prevention of military suicides, environmental activism, and whether employers should be allowed to spy on their employees. New You Can Make a Difference boxes help students learn how to become involved in their communities and the world through such projects as campus kitchens and global networking to fight hunger. First-person accounts of individuals' lived experiences draw students into each chapter by illuminating topics that reflect the text's primary themes. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

No One Cares About Crazy People

No One Cares About Crazy People
The Chaos and Heartbreak of Mental Health in America

by Ron Powers

  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release : 2017-03-21
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN : 031634110X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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New York Times-bestselling author Ron Powers offers a searching, richly researched narrative of the social history of mental illness in America paired with the deeply personal story of his two sons' battles with schizophrenia. From the centuries of torture of "lunatiks" at Bedlam Asylum to the infamous eugenics era to the follies of the anti-psychiatry movement to the current landscape in which too many families struggle alone to manage afflicted love ones, Powers limns our fears and myths about mental illness and the fractured public policies that have resulted. Braided with that history is the moving story of Powers's beloved son Kevin -- spirited, endearing, and gifted -- who triumphed even while suffering from schizophrenia until finally he did not, and the story of his courageous surviving son Dean, who is also schizophrenic. A blend of history, biography, memoir, and current affairs ending with a consideration of where we might go from here, this is a thought-provoking look at a dreaded illness that has long been misunderstood. "Extraordinary and courageous . . . No doubt if everyone were to read this book, the world would change." -- New York Times Book Review

The Criminalization of Mental Illness

The Criminalization of Mental Illness
Crisis and Opportunity for the Justice System: Second Edition

by Risdon N. Slate,Jacqueline K. Buffington-Vollum,W. Wesley Johnson

  • Publisher : Carolina Academic Press
  • Release : 2013-10-03
  • Pages : 329
  • ISBN : 1611635438
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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For a myriad of reasons the criminal justice system has become the de facto mental health system. This book explores how and why this is the case. Sensationalized cases often drive criminal justice policies that can sometimes be impulsively enacted and misguided. While there are chapters that examine competency, insanity, and inpatient and outpatient commitment, the primary focus of the book is on the bulk of encounters that clog the criminal justice system with persons with mental illnesses (pwmi). Criminal justice practitioners are often ill-equipped for dealing with pwmi in crises. However, via application of therapeutic jurisprudence principles some agencies are better preparing their employees for such encounters and attempting to stop the inhumane and costly recycling of pwmi through the criminal justice system. Coverage runs the gamut from deinstitutionalization, to specialized law enforcement responses, to mental health courts, to jails and prisons, to discharge planning, diversion, and reentry. Also, criminal justice practitioners in their own words provide insight into and examples of the interface between the mental health and criminal justice systems. Throughout the book the balance between maintaining public safety and preserving civil liberties is examined as the state's police power and parens patriae roles are considered. Reasoned, collaborative approaches for influencing and informing policies that are often driven by crises are discussed; this book also reflects more psychological underpinnings than the 1st edition, as one of the co-authors new to this edition is a forensic clinical psychologist. The following Teaching Materials are available electronically on a CD or via email (Please contact Beth Hall at bhall@cap-press.com to request a copy, and specify what format is needed): -Teacher's Manual with notes and extensive test bank in Word/pdf formats -Test bank is also available in separate files by chapter in Word and Blackboard formats. Other LMS formats may be available; let me know what you need.) Upon adoption only, the following are also available: -3 Videos. Upon adoption only. One video illustrates Crisis Intervention Team scenarios, another explores PTSD and the third video is of a lecture author Risdon Slate gave to law enforcement in training that describes his own personal story. -PowerPoint slides will be available upon adoption. Email bhall@cap-press.com for more information. “I am so grateful that I have decided on this book and the resources are amazing.” — Joseph C. Marinello, lecturer in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, UNC Charlotte (on classroom adoption of second edition) “Notorious criminal cases tend to drive public opinion and policy when it comes to how our criminal justice system deals with persons with mental illnesses. Drs. Slate and Johnson’s book is a far brighter star to steer by. By most accounts, including the US Department of Justice, our criminal justice system is in crisis. In The Criminalization of Mental Illness the authors explain how our justice system has failed persons with mental illnesses, the public and its own self-interests. But rather than place blame, the authors focus on illuminating the history and anatomy of the problem and offering real solutions. Because they are based on careful scholarship, their proposals are authoritative and make sense. But it is their informed empathy for all the players involved in the tragedy—not just persons with mental illnesses—that makes this book a must read for anyone involved in the criminal justice system or simply interested in knowing the truth of how it is broken and can be fixed.” — Xavier F. Amador, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor, Columbia University, Author of the National Best Seller I am Not Sick, I Don’t Need Help! and I’m Right, You’re Wrong, Now What? “The book confronts myths and social/political policy failures directly; and with great honor recognizes those advocates whose work has moved social justice and mental health policy forward. [Their] dedication and passion to the subject of promoting human rights and recovery is evident in every word. It is a masterful, relevant and inspiring work.” — Ginger Lerner-Wren, the nation’s first mental health court judge and member of the President’s Commission on Mental Health “[This book] provides extraordinary insights into the manner by which people with mental illness are processed through the criminal justice system… I thoroughly enjoyed this work and would recommend it to anyone who has an interest in issues involving mental illness and the criminal justice system. I have seen a few books in this area, but have never found one quite as comprehensive and well-researched. It is, without exception, one of the best academic books that I have read in many years.” — Penn State, Altoona, Professor Robert M. Worley in his book review for The Southwest Journal of Criminal Justice, Fall 2008 “This is a highly insightful and important book which corrections staff, academics, students, and the general public should know about.” — Ken Kerle, Ph.D, American Jail Association “Overall this very readable book provides a good survey of the various sectors of thecriminal justice system and their response to the substantive changes that have affected persons with mental illness during the recent past. These authors provide a valuable guide for mental health professionals interested in appropriate treatment and placement of persons with mental illness.” — Frederick J. Frese, Ph.D., Psychiatric Services: A Journal of the American Psychiatric Association “Without a doubt, it is the most comprehensive explanation of what has happened between the two systems during the past 40 or so years. It explains not only the crisis that exists and how we got here, but some interesting and innovative ways that local governments are providing solutions… [M]ore important than the chronicling of the impact of this social crisis, it demonstrates with pointed examples how the two systems intertwine with well-intentioned judicial and treatment policies. No matter how you view the issue of the mentally ill in prison, the book demonstrates that the person left out of the discussion is the defendant/offender/patient.” — Corrections Today

The Myth of Sex Addiction

The Myth of Sex Addiction
A Book

by David J. Ley

  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
  • Release : 2014-07-10
  • Pages : 259
  • ISBN : 1442213051
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Presents the history and questionable science underlying sexual addiction, suggesting that men take responsibility for sexual choices rather than labeling sexual desire as a force that must be resisted, feared, and treated.

ABC of Mental Health

ABC of Mental Health
A Book

by Rachana Awatramani

  • Publisher : Notion Press
  • Release : 2019-11-13
  • Pages : 62
  • ISBN : 9781644293881
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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ABC of Mental Health is a part of Universal Mental Health First Aid program. Universal Mental Health First Aid is a training which teaches you; how to identify signs of various mental health concerns, understand and help yourself and your loved ones who may be developing a mental health issue. ABC of mental health is basic information about mental health that you must know. It can help you to cope with daily challenges and acts as a prevention model for mental health illnesses. This book not only helps you identify the warning signs but guides you to implement the basic techniques of listening, assessment and intervention. You can use the techniques on daily basis to lead a happy life. It addresses the need of mental health awareness and its importance, along with that it clarifies the common myths of mental health concerns and provides with the factual information about mental health. Furthermore, it provides the information on whom to approach in times of crises and emergency contacts.

The Myth of Addiction

The Myth of Addiction
An Application of the Psychological Theory of Attribution to Illicit Drug Use

by John Booth Davies

  • Publisher : Taylor & Francis
  • Release : 1992
  • Pages : 180
  • ISBN : 9783718651979
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Current attitudes towards drug misuse in the media, government and even treatment centers often exaggerate the pharmacological power of drugs. Their coercive influence is widely believed to be so great that to experiment with a drug is tantamount to addiction. This book argues that such beliefs are largely inaccurate and harmful. Research shows that explanations for drug use vary according to circumstances. Drug users may explain that they have lost their willpower and capacity for personal decision-making, because this is the explanation expected of them, but most actually use drugs because they want to and because they see no good reason for giving them up. Addicted behavior is therefore a form of learned helplessness that encourages passivity and irresponsibility.

Real Life

Real Life
Preparing for the 7 Most Challenging Days of Your Life

by Phil McGraw

  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release : 2009-09-15
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN : 1439131562
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Presents advice and coping strategies for dealing with crises in daily life, examining problems which can arise from such events as loss of a loved one, a physical or mental breakdown, or loss of a sense of purpose in life.

This Book Will Change Your Mind About Mental Health

This Book Will Change Your Mind About Mental Health
A journey into the heartland of psychiatry

by Nathan Filer

  • Publisher : Faber & Faber
  • Release : 2019-12-19
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN : 0571361382
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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'I cannot recommend it highly enough.' Caitlin Moran 'Brims with compassion and wit.' Cathy Rentzenbrink 'Absolutely blew me away.' Jo Brand 'Brilliant . . . I love it.' Phillippa Perry 'I have never read a more powerful book about mental health.' Joanna Cannon A journey into the heartland of psychiatry. This book debunks myths, challenges assumptions and offers fresh insight into what it means to be mentally ill. And what it means to be human. This Book Will Change Your Mind About Mental Health was previously published in 2019 under the title The Heartland.

Movies and Mental Illness

Movies and Mental Illness
Using Films to Understand Psychopathology

by Danny Wedding,Mary Ann Boyd,Ryan M. Niemiec

  • Publisher : Hogrefe & Huber Pub
  • Release : 2005
  • Pages : 258
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Films are a powerful medium for teaching students of psychology, social work, medicine, nursing, counselling, and also literature or media studies about psychopathology. The 15 core clinical chapters of this book thus each use a case history along with synopses and scenes from one or two specific, often well-known films to explain and teach students about the most important disorders encountered in clinical practice. Helpful teaching tools such as suggestions for class discussion and key issues to consider while viewing films are provided throughout. Now in an updated edition, with expanded coverage of sleep, eating, impulse control, and adjustment disorders, as well as sexual dysfunction and violence, this book has established a great reputation as an enjoyable and highly memorable supplementary teaching tool for abnormal psychology classes.

Understanding Social Problems

Understanding Social Problems
Media Edition

by David Knox,Caroline Schacht,Linda A. Mooney

  • Publisher : Brooks/Cole
  • Release : 2001-07-20
  • Pages : 560
  • ISBN : 9780534587604
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Every chapter defines the nature of the social problem in a global context as well as U.S. The text explores each of the three major theoretical explanations (in a balanced manner), describes the consequences of the problem, and provides alternatives solutions and policies. In the midst of this macro analysis the authors use pedagogy to bring the micro application alive, e.g. The Human Side and Self and Society so that the students can apply and understand the social problem.

The Myth of Martyrdom

The Myth of Martyrdom
What Really Drives Suicide Bombers, Rampage Shooters, and Other Self-Destructive Killers

by Adam Lankford

  • Publisher : Macmillan
  • Release : 2013-01-22
  • Pages : 257
  • ISBN : 0230342132
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Adam Lankford looks at the motivation of suicide bombers and other rampage killers.

Self Matters

Self Matters
Creating Your Life from the Inside Out

by Phil McGraw

  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release : 2001-11-14
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN : 074323457X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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What if there is a You that has never seen the light of day, has never got to say, “Hey, what about me?” What if there is a You that you have never even met and certainly never permitted to just be, without fear of judgment or condemnation? What if you live your life on the sidelines in constant fear of failing to please those who forever seem to stand in judgment of you and your life? What if you discovered that you had settled for what life has served up instead of what you really wanted and needed? What if you really think and feel things you have never allowed to come out, and certainly never acted on? What if your marriage is not at all what you really emotionally want and need, but you silently stay the course anyway, selling out your hope to be happy? What if you are allowing days to turn into weeks and weeks to turn into months and months to turn into years, all adding up to a lifetime of being what some nameless, faceless world has assigned you to be? If any of these “What ifs” are true in your life, then we need to talk, and through these pages, we will. First, I have some bad news, and I have some good news. The bad news is you are making the choices that have put you in this life circumstance; the good news is you are making the choices that have put you in this life circumstance. Now is the time to make the biggest choice of your life. Through Self Matters, I will help you do just that. —Dr. Phil McGraw