Nothing has harmed the quality of individual life in modern society more than the misbegotten belief that human suffering is driven by biological and genetic causes and can be rectified by taking drugs or undergoing electroshock therapy. Modern psychiatry has made up the most ugly story possible about human conflict and emotional pain – reducing it to nothing more than bad genes and unbalanced chemical reactions.
If I wanted to ruin someone’s life, I would convince the person that biological psychiatry is right – that relationships mean nothing, that choice is impossible and that the mechanics of a broken brain reign over our emotions and conduct. If I wanted to impair an individual’s capacity to create empathic, loving relationships, I would prescribe psychiatric drugs, all of which blunt our highest psychological and spiritual functions.
W. Glasser M.D. Counselling with Choice Theory 2000