Why did we reject psychology?

A portrait of Sigmund Freud with a red X over his face.

While creating Self-Rewiring we decided to completely reject psychology and throw away all of it’s theories and teachings. To this day there are no psychological theories in Self-Rewiring.

Why?

Bookshelves.

Researching what works

To create Self-Rewiring, we looked at every type of emotional therapy on earth. We wanted to find techniques and ideas that work, and then combine them together. If published evidence shows that something does not work, we reject it – no matter what it is!

We were shocked to discover that according to the research published in the psychology journals, most talk-therapies do not work after a short time or do not work at all.

Published experiments reveal that:

  • On average, talk-therapy stops benefiting you after just 4 to 7 sessions.
  • No type of talk therapy is more “effective” than any other.
  • A person pretending to be a therapist is just as “effective” as a real therapist.
  • A first year psychology student is just as “effective” as their professor.

The evidence was overwhelming. Over 800 studies have been published over the past 60 years that confirm these facts; they involve tens of thousands of patients from all over the globe. Further, these facts are well-known among the scientific community, they are not secrets.

This is why psychology is widely regarded as pseudoscience by the wider scientific community (see the “Further reading” section at the bottom of this article for more information).

Our opinion changed forever

In our minds, psychology was destroyed. Before we learned these facts, we believed that psychology was the answer. Now we knew that it’s just a placebo, and we would not include it in Self-Rewiring.

Yet it explained something. We knew people who had been “stuck” in therapy for years. They had received hundreds of talk-therapy sessions and made no progress. Now we knew why – because while psychology may have lots of interesting theories, it struggles to help people change – no matter how sincere an individual therapist might be.

A patient talks to her therapist, who looks at her with contempt.

Why don’t they do anything?

The psychological community denies that critical problems exist, and refuse to admit they are wrong or change their profession.

They even twist facts and use statistical tricks to lie to themselves and others and pretend that their treatments are helpful, when they really know that they are not.

After all, they make a lot of money doing what they do. And no one likes a career change.

For example, one common tactic is to commission “waiting list trials”.

These are experiments where one group of people gets psychotherapy while a second group is put on a waiting list. By the end of this ‘trial’ the results are added up and voilà, the people getting the psychotherapy feel much better than those on the waiting list. Do you see the problem?

Even magic beans would look like an “effective” therapy in this trial. How come? Those on the waiting list would never have a placebo effect, whereas those receiving a treatment would.

So what happens in experiments where they compare psychotherapy to a fake placebo treatment, or to talking with someone who has no special training? Then there is no difference and psychotherapy is exposed for what it is – a fraud.

Sometimes the therapists perform a little better, sometimes the placebos perform a little better, but when all results are added up together, both psychotherapy and placebo ‘work’ just as well.

What we did next

We rejected crystal healing and faith healing because the research said they are placebos. So, according to the evidence, we had to reject psychology for the same reason – it doesn’t work.

We had invested years – and large amounts of money – receiving and studying psychological treatments. Yet we had to swallow our pride and admit that we had been misled, that we had got it wrong.

Although it was difficult to do, we threw away almost all of psychology, all its prestige, its terminology, and its theories. Instead we embraced new ideas – whatever has good evidence or seems both promising and logical. So, what happened?

We haven’t looked back. We discovered many things that work well and combined them together to form a new therapy, Self-Rewiring. People who were previously stuck in psychotherapy can now make progress.

Why not try our therapy for yourself? You don’t have to completely give up on psychology like we did. You never know – you just might like it.

A comical plastic figure of a stereotypical American car mechanic pulling a displeased face.

Has psychology got it all wrong?

No. Some psychological theories are probably correct. The problem is that real change and healing doesn’t happen often enough.

It’s a bit like taking your broken car to a mechanic who claims to be so skilled that he can diagnose your car simply by looking at it, without even opening it up or running tests.

Yet, after diagnosing the problem, he can’t do anything more. He wishes you well, bills you, and sends you away. Your car is still broken, but now you think you ‘understand it better’.

According to research, this is what happens in the majority of psychotherapy treatments. The patient gains some insight into their problem (which might be correct, but we’ll never know), and then has to go home and live with it. The new understanding appears to help some people, but no more than if they’d consulted with someone pretending to be a therapist.

So yes, some of their theories could be right.

Further reading

  • House of Cards – Psychology and Psychotherapy Built on Myth by Robyn M. Dawes
  • Against Therapy by Jeffrey Masson
  • The Freudian Fallacy – Freud and Cocaine by E M Thornton
  • Unauthorized Freud – Doubters Confront a Legend by Frederick Crews et al.
  • Beware the Talking Cure by Terence W Campbell