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Jacob Korg <[log in to unmask]>
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Ezra Pound discussion list of the University of Maine <[log in to unmask]>
Fri, 9 Oct 1998 14:58:11 -0700
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 Dear Mr. Borda:
	I can't answer all of your questions,but it is easily possible to
distinguish between amateur and professional psychotherapy. As I'm sure
you know, a psychiatrist, after taking his MD, spends several years
interning and specializing in his specialty before he is licensed to
practice. Of course, there are all sorts of "therapists" with Ph D.
degrees in psychology (or less) who run around the landscape trying to
make people feel better. That, in my view, is "amateur" when it comes to
diagnosing mental conditions, and you can be sure that practicioners of
this kind will bitterly defend their value to society (and their incomes).
With best wishes,  J. Korg
On Tue, 29 Sep 1998, Barda Michal wrote:
> I followed the discussion about EP´s mental condition and I need some
> answers. What does it mean 'amateur psychotherapy'? Is it a opposite to
> professional psychotherapy?
> What is amateur and what is professional? Where is the difference? Does
> not any of us need psychotherapy? Who is not ill? Is Pound´s sensibility
> normal? If it would be normal, his verses would not probably hit us so
> deep. Is beauty normal? And if it is not, does it mean it is ill?
> I have got the original English text fragment from this discussion chat
> some days before:
> Do not move
>     Let the wind speak
>                that is paradise.
> Just enjoy it as it is - and do not try to squeeze the author in a
> labeled box according to the medicine books. He´s been a human - and a
> great poet. Enjoy the beauty - do not dissect it!
> Michal Barda
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