Dear Mister Korg:
 
An "amateur" Psychotherapist is like an "amateur" anththing else:
someone who shoots their mouth off without knowing what they're talking
about. I suggest -- nay, assert -- that you fall in the latter category.
 
Best wishes,
 
John Lawrence Corey
 
Jacob Korg wrote:
> 
>  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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