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Science-Based Medicine Blog: Patricia Schroeder and Rage Reduction Therapy
Interesting article from the Science Based Medicine Blog on a foreword former Congresswoman Patricia (Pat) Schroeder wrote for a book on Rage Reduction therapy, a discredited form of attachment therapy that employs brutal holding therapy techniques. Schroeder wrote the Foreword to the book, High Risk Children Without a Conscience authored by Ken Magid and Carole McKelvey which depicts the methods that were used by Foster Cline founder of what was formerly known as the Attachment Center at Evergreen.
It is typical of politicians to not want to admit to mistakes. This goes back to the fallacy that people who change their minds about things, even when there are good reasons to do so, are “flip flopping” or “wishy-washy”. I was recently accused of this because I changed my mind about Thought Field Therapy but I am not a politician and understand how this issue of commitment and consistency can be used to manipulate people into foolishly staying with something even after it has been discredited. Social psychologists such as Robert Cialdini have written about how this leads people to be foolishly consistent. Patricia Schroeder presents us with a salient example of this phenomenon. Real scientists respect people who change their minds with good reason, rather than rigidly adhering to discredited notions for the sake of their public image.
Schroeder has recently moved from politics to scientific circles and needs to understand that in the scientific community, although there are people who are trying to sweep this under the carpet, she will ultimately be held accountable for what she has written. She has been approached on this topic but thus far, refuses to admit she made a mistake. This might be acceptable behavior for politicians, but with all due respect, Ms. Schroeder, this is not acceptable behavior for people who wish to be part of the scientific community.
A training videotape demonstrating this brutal so-called “therapy” can be viewed by clicking here. The therapist, Neil Feinberg, has since permanently surrendered his LCSW license after repeated disciplinary actions by the State of Colorado. Documentation on Feinberg’s many disciplinary actions and ultimate loss of license can be obtained at the Colorado DORA website by searching on his name.