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This book is dynamite and I can't wait
to see the reaction. Manufacturing Victims is a sizzling expose of the Psychology Industry. While
showing tremendous compassion towards real victims of rape, accidents, and torture, Dr. Tana Dineen
skillfully takes the Psychology Industry to task for destroying families, promoting hostile views
of men and women, promoting distrust and suspicion, and misusing science to create fabricated
victims. Thankfully she teaches simple but far- reaching truths about the human mind in general,
and the unconscious more specifically. The unconscious is far more complicated than a mental container
full of traumatic memories; rather, it should be appreciated, even celebrated, for its dealings
in the imaginary as much as the real.
A devastating critique of the business
of psychotherapy. This book is well done, badly needed and long overdue. It will make a lot of
people mad. I hope it makes them take a hard look at the sins of the profession.
This penetrating, insightful and carefully
documented expose will add depth and power to the national chorus of voices calling for legislative
reform of the mental health industry. Dr. Dineen has performed a major service to vulnerable consumers
and taxpayers who are too often called upon to bear the burdens of dangerous experimental procedures
and other forms of consumer fraud disguised as "mental health treatment." Manufacturing
Victims will help legislators understand why so-called "therapies" that have not been
proven safe and effective by reliable and valid scientific methods should never be funded with
citizens' tax or insurance dollars.
Dr. Dineen's scathing assessment of the
industry should be required reading for anyone receiving therapy, as well as for those who earn
their living in this field.
A trial lawyer's most valuable
work is not in the courtroom but in the office, laying out the plan. Manufacturing Victims: What
the Psychology Industry is Doing to People provides the plan in the mental field; it reveals the
evil motive behind the business of psychotherapy. Answer the motive question for a jury and you
win. I won 5.8 million dollars with a jury argument based on this book. After my case concluded
the Federal government indicted the same mental health treaters. It is inconceivable to me that
any lawyer would try a psychological/psychiatric case without first reading this book.
Many of us who have studied clinical
psychology and psychiatry from a research perspective believe that we have an ethical obligation
to attempt to "reform" it "from within," even though we believe that the probability
of success in such an endeavor is minimal to nonexistent. Many of us also have written books for
the educated public to urge "reform from without." Our hopes were that if we could just
get rid of "therapies" based on premises contradicted by research findings -- such as
"recovered memory therapy" -- and get rid of "junk science" in courts, the
positives of the field would outweigh the negatives. In contrast Dr. Tana Dineen -- herself a
practicing clinical psychologist -- presents a strong case in this powerful book for concluding
that abandonment is superior to reform.
"There are two things
that everyone should know about psychotherapy. The first is that almost every study ever done
has shown that it is no more effective than a placebo, or even no treatment at all. The second
is that most people who have had therapy feel that it has benefited them in some way. Most
books about therapy emphasise one of these facts to the exclusion of the other... Tana Dineen's
new book, Manufacturing Victims, has the merit of drawing attention to both sides of the story."
"Well-researched, sharply focused and
leavened with numerous examples, (Dr. Dineen's) critique of the profession of psychology should
make anyone want to, among other things, burn their self-help books and motivational tapes."
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