Any psychologist who is a liberal is a hypocrite. Does that sound judgmental? Well, you are right. This statement is meant to be judgmental.
In order to gain a doctorate in psychology, I spend many years in college and graduate school. Throughout those years I was taught to assist people in learning how to manage their lives so that they can reach their potential as human beings. In effect, I was taught to help people help themselves. Despite the fact that many of my professors were way off course, I got the core message of my field.
Those professors that I view as being off course were all liberals. Liberals teach people that they cannot meet their potential unless the government provides them with a whole variety of programs and entitlements. In effect, liberals teach people to be dependent on the government and on other people.
The liberal agenda and the underlying philosophy of the field of psychology are mutually exclusive. We do no one any favors by practicing in the gray zone between the two views of human life. And, I believe, we do no one any favors by treating people as incapable.
Many psychologists have huge egos. Many are also liberals. Their egos tell them that they are messiahs sent to “do for” others. They play psychologist twenty-four hours every day. They never got the core message of psychology which is to help others help themselves. As a result, many psychologists have contributed to the creation of a “helpless class”.
Unfortunately, many people have taken on this same liberal approach. They protect those they see as being weaker instead of teaching those others that they have the capacity to take care of themselves.
They enable and entitle rather than empower.
This becomes ever more apparent as adult children try to figure out how to manage the lives of their aging parents. Interestingly, they go wrong the minute they voice that last statement. It is not our goal as adult children of our parents to “manage their lives”. It is our goal to support and then get out of their way. They can do wonders if they are not treated as children.
Of course everyone needs support at times, regardless of age. But no one benefits from being “taken care of” to the degree that they forget how to take care of themselves. Psychologists, as a group, have failed society. Unfortunately, we as adult children of aging parents are doing the same.