RE: thoughts on psychotherapy

From: Jonathan Reeves (
Date: Thu Jul 06 2000 - 10:03:27 MDT

I believe it was Timothy Leary (pre-LSD) that did the original study and
found that of people that received psychotherapy roughly a third got better,
a third stayed the same, and a third got worse - exactly the same as a
control group which did not receive any therapy

--- "Eliezer S. Yudkowsky" <>
> Psychotherapy is bunk.
> Experiment demonstrates that psychotherapy produces
> results slightly
> worse than a control group in which patients just
> talk to a random
> person for an hour.

i am not familiar with the research you are referring
to, but i am not surprised to learn of these
experimental results after witnessing the results of
psychotherapy on friends and acquaintances.

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