Uncertainty, in the presence of vivid hopes and fears, is painful but must be endured if we wish to live without the support of comforting fairy tales
The case against science is straightforward: much of the scientific literature, perhaps half, may simply be untrue. . . . flagrant conflicts of interest, together with an obsession for pursuing fashionable trends of dubious importance, science has taken a turn towards darkness.
Psychiatric drugs don’t correct biochemical imbalances - they cause them; the fact that a drug sometimes makes us feel better does not mean that it’s correcting a biochemical imbalance
The medical profession is being bought by the pharmaceutical industry, not only in terms of the practice of medicine, but also in terms of teaching and research. The academic institutions of this country are allowing themselves to be paid agents of the pharmaceutical industry. I think it’s disgraceful.
Psychiatry is a profoundly political enterprise. The way we understand the problems we now refer to as “mental disorders” is strongly influenced by the social and political requirements to neutralize distress and manage disturbing behavior
It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor of the New England Journal of Medicine
Our citizens would be far better off if we removed all the psychotropic drugs from the market . . . their availability creates more harm than good.
For it is the essence of scientific honesty that you do not pretend to know what you do not know, and of the essence of scientific method that you do not employ hypotheses which cannot be tested
Que Sera' Sera', Carpe' Diem
Enjoy the present moment, it is all that’s real, all else is vanity, chasing the wind
The scientific approach, humanly speaking, is an ability to be objective, that is to say, to have the humility to see the world as it is, or other people, other things, and ourselves, and not to distort the reality by our wishes and our feelings: to have faith in the power of our thought for recognizing the truth, the reality, but to be willing all the time to change the results of our thinking by new data that we find, and by being honest and objective in not avoiding data that we might find in order to avoid changing our own picture
Cultivate a culture in which life’s challenges are met with kindness, generosity, and courage
It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages
Scientific visions currently on offer tend to marginalize the very things which are most central and precious in ordinary human life, those most closely associated with our consciousness of being persons
We are what we repeatedly do; excellence, then, is not an act but a habit
There is no such things as a spontaneous anxiety or endogenous depression. If a patient is anxious, there is something to be scared of. If a patient is depressed, there is something to be depressed about. If it is not in consciousness, then it is unconscious. If it is not in the present, then it is in the past and something in the present symbolizes it
It is necessary for every individual to give an answer to the question of his existence . . . the human situation is characterized by profound dichotomies and contradictions ... confronted with these contradictions in our existence, we have to make some sense of our life
. . . the real cause of suffering is not being able to tolerate uncertainty - and thinking that it’s perfectly sane, perfectly normal, to deny the fundamental groundlessness of being human
Your joy is your sorrow unmasked. And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears. And how else can it be? The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain. . . . When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy. When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight. Some of you say, “Joy is greater thar sorrow,” and others say, “Nay, sorrow is the greater.” But I say unto you, they are inseparable. Together they come, and when one sits, alone with you at your board, remember that the other is asleep upon your bed.
Psychology without spirituality is arid and ultimately meaningless. Spirituality without grounding in psychological work leads to vanity and illusions
For all pleasures are present, and nothing save complete awareness of the present can even begin to guarantee future happiness
Freedom grows with the exercise of its correlate - responsibility, and is diminished every time it’s avoided