Somebody asked for a "user's manual for a brain," hoping I knew of a path to what he called "24/7 bliss." Sorry mate, the Buddha was right. This world is a world of pain, if you wanted bliss, you should have got off two stations ago. Always beware of people offering bliss, keep your hand on your wallet while they're talking. I offered a few suggestions along the line of "You're not responsible for what people do to you but you are responsible for how you react to it," and he asked an important question: "Why doesn't psychiatry see any of this as useful?" By coincidence, I've spent the last week writing on the influence of positivism in modern psychiatry. "What's that?" he asked. A good question. In fact, a critically important question as positivism has determined the form of modern psychiatry without anybody realising it.
I love this newsletter. Thank you for doing it. I have been working a lot but when I miss a few weeks I always look forward to going over what I missed. Great writing and very helpful information.
Dr McLaren thank you for your great analysis again. You manage to go to the points with an incredible sense of humor. I will link to my humble telegram!