This post is a continuation of the therapy arc presented a while back.
I’ve been reading The Psychopath Whisperer by Kent Kiehl over the past few days, looking for insights into how psychopathy manifests in me. I’ll have a more thorough write-up of the book as a whole at some point, but for the meantime I wish to focus on one excerpt in particular regarding commonly held views of psychopaths and psychotherapy in the twentieth century:
Psychodynamic thinkers wrote that psychoanalytic treatment of psychopaths was never successful. Indeed, the psychopath’s ego was fed by the therapist’s interest in him. Thus, while trying to treat the psychopath, many psychodynamic therapists found the psychopath only got worse and more egocentric. (Kiehl, p. 42)
Given my own investment (both in psychic energy and money) in psychotherapy, I was somewhat distressed by this passage. Was I throwing money away for nothing? After all, I could have a friend listen to my stories for free – or, at most, a beer.