Quotes on Psychology

Roger Mills:
The field of psychology today is literally a mess. There are as many techniques, methods, and theories around as there are researchers and therapists. I have personally seen therapists convince their clients that all of their problems come from their mothers, the stars, their bio-chemical makeup, their diet, their lifestyle, and even the "kharma" from their past lives. (psychologist)

Sigmund Koch: The hope of a psychological science became indistinguishable from the fact of psychological science. The entire subsequent history of psychology can be seen as a ritualistic endeavor to emulate the forms of science in order to sustain the delusion that it already is a science. ... Throughout psychology's history as "science," the hard knowledge it has deposited has been uniformly negative. (psychiatrist)

Thomas Szasz: It [psychology] is not merely a religion that pretends to be science, it is actually a fake religion that seeks to destroy true religion. ... psychotherapy is a modern, scientific-sounding name for what used to be called the "cure of souls" ... with the decline of religion and the growth of science in the eighteenth century, the cure of (sinful) souls, which had been an integral part of the Christian religions, was recast as the cure of (sick) minds, and became an integral part of medicine. ... It is customary to define psychiatry as a medical specialty concerned with the study, diagnosis, and treatment of mental illness. This is a worthless and misleading definition. Mental illness is a myth. ... the notion of a person "having a mental illness" is scientifically crippling. It provides professional assent to the popular rationalization -- namely, that problems in living experienced and expressed in terms of so-called psychiatric symptoms are basically similar to bodily diseases. (psychiatrist)

Carl Jung: Religions are systems of healing for psychic illness. ... That is why patients force the psychotherapist into the role of a priest, and expect and demand of him that he shall free them from their distress. This is why we psychotherapists must occupy ourselves with problems which, strictly speaking, belong to the theologian. (occultist and transpersonal psychologist)

Jacob Needleman: A large and growing number of psychotherapists are now convinced that the Eastern religions now offer an understanding of the mind far more complete than anything yet envisaged by Western science. At the same time, the leaders of the new religions themselves -- the numerous gurus and spiritual teachers now in the West are reformulating and adapting the traditional systems according to the language and atmosphere of modern psychology. (philosopher)

E. Fuller Torrey: The techniques used by Western psychiatrists are with few exceptions on exactly the same scientific plane as the techniques used by witch doctors. ... The term itself ["mental illness"] is nonsensical, a semantic mistake. The two words cannot go together ... you can no more have a mental "disease" than you can have a purple idea or a wise space. ... The mind cannot really become diseased any more than the intellect can become abscessed. Furthermore, the idea that mental "diseases" are actually brain diseases creates a strange category of "diseases" which are, by definition, without known cause. Body and behavior become intertwined in this confusion until they are no longer distinguishable. It is necessary to return to first principles: a disease is something you have, behavior is something you do. (research psychiatrist)

Richard Feynman: Psychoanalysis is not a science [and it is] perhaps more like witch-doctoring. (Nobelist)

Am. Psychiatric Assoc.: An experiment at the All-India Institute of Mental Health in Bangalore found that Western-trained psychiatrists and native healers had a comparable recovery rate. The most notable difference was that the so-called "witch doctors" released their patients sooner.

Dr. Lee Coleman: There is no such thing as these repressed memories. That is a fraud, it's a fake, it doesn't exist. They are completely the product of suggestibility in which vulnerable people end up getting manipulated by some individual or group therapy setting. (psychiatrist and expert court witness on false memories)

CAPS: We are often asked if we are "Christian psychologists" and find it difficult to answer since we don't know what the question implies. We are Christians who are psychologists but at the present time there is no acceptable Christian psychology that is markedly different from non- Christian psychology. It is difficult to imply that we function in a manner that is fundamentally distinct from our non-Christian colleagues ... as yet there is not an acceptable theory, mode of research or treatment methodology that is distinctly Christian. (paper presented at meeting of Christian Association for Psychological Studies)

J. Vernon McGee: So-called Christian psychology is secular psychology clothed in pious platitudes and religious rhetoric. (Bible teacher)

Jay E. Adams: In my opinion, advocating, allowing and practicing psychiatric and psychoanalytical dogmas within the church is every bit as pagan and heretical (and therefore perilous) as propagating the teachings of some of the most bizarre cults. The only vital difference is that the cults are less dangerous because their errors are more identifiable. (theologian and biblical counselor)

Ed Payne: The amount of research against psychology is amazing and from people in their own camps. ... the impossibility of integration of avowedly pagan psychologists with Scripture seems obvious. One begins to wonder whether these promoters of psychology have any biblical discernment. ... Church leaders must bear the guilt of the invasion of psychology into the church. These are the people who are ordained of God to guard the minds of their sheep [I Tim. 4:1,2,6]. Instead, they have invited wolves into the fold. Christian publishers are guilty as well. The "profit margin" has become the most important consideration for them. In reality Christian publishers ought to be under the authority of the church, so even in this area church leaders are at fault. (medical doctor and author)

Hilton P. Terrell: A Trojan horse full of dangerous psycho-fantasies has been professionally prepared for us by Christian psychiatrists and psychologists. ... At base, such therapies stand upon dogma, not scientific observations, and the dogma is the odious one of Freud and his followers who were some of the century's most anti-Christ teachers. No amount of well- intentioned refinement of deadly doctrines will make them clean for use by Christians. Though gems are usually found in coal mines, Christians who go fossicking for gems of God's truth in psychoanalytic coal mines will usually emerge empty-handed and filthy. ... Christians of discernment should avoid the dangerous system completely. (medical doctor)

Biblical Discernment Ministries - Revised 1/94