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Hi Daniel I saw your video about the reasons for leaving psychotherapy. I know what you mean. Although I am a startup of this profession now. I consult in Russia. It's different from USA. Trere is no lisence for psychotherapy work. But this is what you said about responsibility to Customers. We can't get out of head that we've heard . I worry about everyone. I'm learning to detach, but not to get stale. But for each person, we become a part of Life, just as each Client brings their own into the life of the therapist. Irwin Yalom is not afraid to be a friend to Clients. I understand you when you say that Customers also give support. I think you were a great psychologist. It is a pity that this attitude to the profession often brings burnout. I think it must be great to be friends with you. You have a lot of sincerity and openness. There is a lot of romanticism in this. It doesn't save the world. But it is definitely necessary for the world. Thank you. Let everything work out in the best possible way. As they say in yoga - Namaste Natali
I begin this in tears. Daniel, your struggle is so mine wouldn’t be alone. If you wanna assign a purpose to it. Use that. My parents did not ever love me either. Ever. I’m 61. The Bible says the truth sets us free. But how could I face a truth like that alone. I am. Except your videos. My parents jailed me. They said I had a genetic defect. I lost babies. I was perfect not defective. At sixteen. I was like you. Sensitive to the truth about the world in a world that won’t see hear or speak about or acknowledge negative things. If you don’t how can you ever know the urgency upon us to insist we all have no room for anything but creating good things. You and Laura Delano are examples of the best and most necessary things I know of. I love your song called “Bullshit”. It’s great. I feel like you’re my friend. If I ever saw you in person the only fear is I’m sure I’d fall in love with you which would not be cool probably. You’re just so handsome and sweet on top of being so compassionate why wouldn’t anyone love you? This is just pure fan mail. I hope it makes you happy. That’s my intent. I live in Southwest Florida and I hope to form a group Just some hand picked people locally who want to talk about getting depsychistrized. Like maybe fundraise for Inner Fire. Or Inner Compass project The new Soteria Beatrice Birchs inner fire. She called me. I’m getting myself ready to do something soon. This grief sucks though. I wish you were my in person best friend. I’m needy as heck for a friend like you it’s better I don’t meet you. If there were a lot like you it would ease a lot of needy pain a lot of people require to get free of ...Bull shit.....Bullshit.... I see so much bullshit for miles and miles. Bullshit bullshit. My parents natural instincts were rendered not accesssble because my moms a therapist and my dad a big time corporate attorney. And they both were programmed by lethal BS doses from the Nazis I guess and the drug companies and Meyer and friends of the DSM so I was ambushed with Thorazine at twenty then again with closeril at menningers in Topeka I got off it in 2001. I think I was Ginny pigged. No informed consent. I wasn’t a candidate. No reason. Whatever. I got off prosac in 2007. I was jailed like MLK civilly disobeying the ER. Lee County is bad. NAMI my former employer is a child abuse front group for white coat dope dealing and istrogenic metsbolusm and invasion of America via the route of the frontal lobe. My parents jailed me saying elder assault. To get me drugged. All this meant. Bye bye mom and dad. Some things you gotta not automatically forgive Hence. I get you. Totally. And your videos. Thank you Daniel Mackler abd thanks too for the two email responses you sent awhile back. They are prized possessions and sources of great encouragement and it is an honor that you replied. If I can ever support you please do ask me. I’d relocate. To work for you. You’re that great.
I refused to take the drugs I would probably have become hooked on. Your site and videos are a source of reassurance.
I really love your work and recommend it to many. I have been involved with “mad” folks all my life and am often considered as one myself. I help run a hearing voices group in the New York area and have been involved with hearing voices folks for many years. I am in hopes with having a dialogue with you about breathing and madness as I find learning to breathe properly conserving CO2 allows for easier processing And unraveling of Disturbing thought much of which may well be PTSD from early or even later trauma. Ron Robbins developed and has had it duplicated and early research about it published as a one session effective treatment for panic attacks called the panic protocol which can be seen on the internet. I pointed out to him that “body starter” that trips a person post hypnotically into the start of a panic doesn’t work unless they are already over breathing usually outside their awareness until it really accelerated in the panic and they are usually mouth breathing as well losing the calming effects of adequate CO2 maintenance especially in the brain as well as the significantly reduced release of oxygen from the hemoglobin which takes place in over breathing as per the Bohr effect further robbing the brain of its fuel to think clearly creating more right brain survival processing and the further generation of the sympathetic fight or flight effects I.e.danger danger danger. I would like to open a dialogue with you about the research going on about this and possibly be connected with other interested researchers.
Hi, Daniel! I was wondering. Since the childhood trauma is the main theme around your work, I wonder what are you're thoughts about Sam Vaknin's outlook on Narcissistic Personality Disorder? He sees it as a post traumatic condition and then it should be possible to treat with combination of trauma therapy and child psychology (because the narcissist is actually an eternal child treating him as an adult is doomed to fail). What would be your thoughts about that as a therapist? I'm NPD myself and Im desperate for any source of hope, but no therapy works 🙁
I watched your interview with Martin Miller. I have all of Alice Miller’s books. I appreciate your work. It’s been a long journey for me. All the best to you, Sherri
Can you tell me whether "Toward Truth" is available in Spanish or Polish translations.......and if so, how I can buy copies? With many thanks
Hi Daniel, Just wondering if you've come across John Paul Rice and his movie 'A Child's Voice'?
Watched your new video today i could relate to having to get toxic people out of life. You may want to read the book charles Whitfield not crazy not mental illness he talks about in his books childhood tramua is causing anxiety depression schizophrenia etc, but that book talks about that and why the antianxiety antidepressants are so toxic to take and how get off of them, healing the child within and the truth about mentall illness are all great books of his to read, the author was a therapist as well. I have written here before i admire your honest videos trying to help others.
Daniel, Thank you for caring enough to do what you do. What I think makes your insights so remarkable and healing is that instead of pointing fingers at the afflicted, you point out what is truly going on - which is unhealed trauma. But more importantly, you emphasize the saddest thing of all - which is that untold harm is done not just from massive trauma, but also from being treated with disrespect - the effects of which can be profound. And more tragically, I find disrespect to be the hallmark of most of the psychotherapeutic community, with psychiatry in particular. But I think your videos are helping to remedy this situation in a way that’s unique. For me, video is more real and immediate - it’s just more tangible and relatable, and therefore more effective than reading text on a page. And I certainly appreciate a human face and a human voice. To me it verifies your authenticity, the lack of which is another hallmark of the “therapeutic” profession - that and basic human decency. And that’s what comes through in spades in your videos - your decency and respectful attitude towards your fellow human beings. You explain how this is where true healing begins. It’s the only “treatment” anyone really needs. Thank you again, maria
Dear Daniel, Congratulations on your groundbreaking work on mental health and its relationship to childhood trauma. I am 70 years old and have had a lifetime of emotional issues, beginning with a nervous breakdown in college. Five years ago I was diagnosed with cancer and entered therapy (I have been in therapy off and on throughout my life) to help me cope with this upsetting diagnosis. My therapist and I worked well together and we uncovered many traumatic experiences caused by my parents, who themselves were traumatized largely by their incarceration in Nazi concentration camps during World War II. You are so right about how difficult it is to face the huge eruption of suppressed negative emotions that can be unleashed through trauma work. I found myself reconnecting with a self I had not known since my childhood. My dilemma now is to decide whether to continue this work, or else to retreat back to my previous goal of adjusting to my illness, which is terminal. May I ask you what you would do in my situation? Continue on what might be a long path to true recovery of my real self, or settle for supportive counseling aimed at managing my impending death. In a way, the Pandora’s Box has been opened, and I don’t know if there is any real choice but to continue moving forward to process these feelings that I have pushed out of awareness for my whole life - even if there is not really enough time to “come out the other end”, to quote a phrase you have used often. Thank you again for your marvelous insights. Best wishes, Seth Renouver
Really informative stuff you've written. There's a new book out too that may interest you. It's called Love Drugs: The Chemical Future of Our Relationships by Brian Earp and Julian Savulescu.
Thank you so much for sharing your videos on YouTube. I really relate with your feelings towards your parents and your attitude to life. It's is so rare to hear this perspective anywhere. Thanks for making me feel not so alone!
I wanted to thank you for your brilliant critique of Alice Miller’s breakthrough observations on the multigenerational impacts of child abuse and, consequently, of unaddressed/unresolved childhood trauma. Your post “Alice Miller in a Nutshell: A Brief Critique” (2013) perfectly aggregated and summarized the somewhat disjointed thoughts I have been having after reading “The Body Never Lies” and then “Drama...” I know that, in 2020, I am a bit late to the party of discovering this revolutionary and radical idea that there are unequivocally lifelong impacts of childhood trauma. However, my personal journey has brought me here now and I am so grateful that you have taken the time to share your critique so clearly and eloquently on your site here.
Hello, how are you? My name is Joe and I’m 21. I would like to get involved in the mental health field. I am very interested in the service of others, childhood trauma and would like to attempt to create a more open dialogue with the internet. Would you recommend someone to become a therapist nowadays? If so why or why not. Thank you.
Hey Daniel, I am curious your thoughts about “Toxic Masculinity” and what might constitute healthy masculinity. I’m also curious your opinion of Open Relationships. Thanks, Buck
Daniel, thank you. Found you at a threshold of my healing where I was finally ready to accept deeper painful truths of my childhood. I keep feeling that the doorway of t Truth is like a dual sided coin- horror and disgusting illumination- as well as unbelieveable liberation, and powerful hope, promise. Makes sense that after taking my personal most courageous steps in commitment to healing and integrity- I came across your work. Your honesty and courage is beautiful and hard to put into words how valued and precious the work you're doing is (mainly I've watched your YouTube channel). I wish you so much fulfillment and healing in life. I will continue to benefit from the immense wealth of humanity, and articulation you share. Thank you. I'm happy to reach out in your guestbook and share my gratitude. May you receive many blessings and peace. Thank you again. -J
Hello Daniel Greetings. I was telling my mom about you the other day, how you and I are similar in thoughts and way we deal with life. You though are more accomplished. I just hope all of this leads you to a sweet place and you enjoy the journey amidst the confusions and uncertainties and keep thriving and valuing the person in you. Wishing you well. Keep sharing your perspectives. Love and light Farida
Hello Daniel! I thought a lot about how to express my gratefulness towards your work and your existence in this world and I am really lacking the words. I first found out about you from my college profesor and since then I watch your videos and read about your work. I was really "moved" by your words cause you are so honest, wise, raw, authentic and genuine. You are more than inspiration to me, I really wish that I have you as my college profesor or mentor but with the way you made your work public you have done even greater contribution to everyone. I am more than grateful and lucky that I found out about you, I study psychology and I was really confused about the mainstream psychology that we are studying. I had doubts about whether I continue to study it cause it rarely made sense to me. Luckily I have really amazing professors from whom I can learn a lot and people like you. Thank you from the depth of my heart for being such an inspiration. I wish you all the best, Milica
Hello Daniel. Nice work and happy to read that your life feels good now. I have a similar background as you in some way and it caused me a lot of problems along the way. I have worked as a nurse but now I am in nursing teacher training. I am also trying to spread the word of open dialogue to my international nursing group. Since i have been working in different area i don't have much experience of it. Could i use your great film of: OPEN DIALOGUE: an alternative Finnish approach to healing psychosis. I would just use some parts of it very shortly. It would really help my teaching. Thank you for your reply and be well <3
Hello Daniel. Your videos are eye opening, they are really making people think. I've found myself thinking over various subjects about anxiety, society, etc. I've got a question. Are there any self help things/programs to be done when one is having dissociative identety dissorder? I have this, among other co-morbid dissorders, various trauma. I didn't get enough help from therapy, I decided to leave it because my therapist was harmfull towards my well being.
Daniel, Thank you many times over for your many and varied videos. In these, you calmly and thoughtfully point the way towards true, independent, and toxic-free healing. -- To add to what I wrote on February 13 -- Your videos are the exact opposite of what is dished out by most therapists (be they M.D.'s or otherwise) who not only believe in, but blindly worship The Three D's: Diagnoses, Dissociation, AND DRUGS!!! - Yes, TheThree D's - the three-headed monster better known as the "Mental Health" industry - what an incredible misnomer! "Mental Health" industry? Emphatically NO!!! -- "Mental Hell" industry? Emphatically YES!!!
Hi Daniel: I found your videos a couple of years ago when I was at a very down point in my career as a therapist. I was disillusioned with what I had been taught in school and thought that the training I had received had been next to useless. I went online to find out if any other therapist felt the same. I was so happy to find you saying the same things and explaining why it was so bad. I think that these were things that I could not articulate for myself and you did such an incredible job of it. I continue to watch your videos. I am hoping that you have something to say about Alzheimer's and Dementia. My mother is going through what my sisters say is Dementia and that I believe is her just not wanting to remember things from the past because they are so painful. She often says this. Can you enlighten us on this topic? Thanks so much---Debra
Hi Daniel, I would like to share with you and your readers my psychiatry experiences. I'm trying to get my story out to the public in order to get justice and end coercive psychiatry which is a big challenge. https://www.psychiatrie-opfer.de/english-section/the-story-of-my-psychiatric-abuse/
I'm NOT one who is still / probably will NEVER be@ease with The 1 on 1 .... Typical Therapy Modalities on Offer to date. Strange coming from a rather Extrovert Type .... Perhaps my Hidden Introvert has finally FOUND HER FAMILY + FORUM ☆☆☆☆☆ FINALLY time 2 SHINE ☆☆☆☆☆ THANKYOU DANIEL .... A STAR in my DARKNESS
Hello Daniel. I am from the U.K. I listen to at least one of your YouTube videos every night before I go to sleep. My life is so very similar to yours, childhood trauma to an extreme. Please continue to publish your work as it is helping me enormously. Thank you
Daniel - You are a gifted storyteller. This a rare and wonderful quality; it's part of an ancient, and even sacred, tradition. And it truly is a gift. Thank you for sharing your gift. Listening to your videos is like sitting around a campfire...hearing a story...one that may seem ordinary, but in truth, is one that contains great truths and lasting meaning. It's almost like being in the ancient world, maybe even a prehistoric tribe - for just a few moments - when storytelling was how history and wisdom were passed along - like greek myths or bible stories - and shared freely -around a campfire - when only thing needed was desire to learn, and an open heart. Thank you for sharing your stories, maria
Daniel, What you offer is so unique. You don't just spit out information - endless mouthfuls of meaningless words and complicated concepts. You are different. You're like a guide on the road of self exploration and self healing. You talk about a lot of things and your reactions to them. But you emphsize the importance of exploring and exhuming our own distant past, and how it affects our reactions to present-day life. You explain how cultivating our own self awareness and self reflection is the pathway to healing. Isn't this what self therapy all about? Your videos are the exact opposite of what is dished out (and almost goose-fed) by most therapists (of all persuasions) who worship at the alter of diagnoses and dissociation. Self awareness and self reflection - two words that are bandied about so much they've all but lost their meaning. But you don't lead people to a place of self absorption, self pity, or self loathing - You don't just say a word, you explain it - through your own experience - by giving your own living, breathing examples of what it is, what it means, what to do with it, and how to get there. Thank you, Daniel. Thank you for taking the time, and having the courage to speak not just from your mind, but from your heart. Just by speaking human to human, by revealing some of your own personal experiences (and your thoughts, feelings and perceptions about these experiences) - you let yourself become relatable, which is invaluable, because then, people can identify with you, and from there, identify with themselves. It's how I learned to be self aware, and from there, how to be self reflective. It's like a journey. Thank you for letting people join you on part of your journey.
Dear Daniel, I just wanted to say thank you once again, because the Ionger I hear your videos, the more I learn - and the more I heal. Thank you for letting everyone know - in a kind, respectful, and easy to understand way - that childhood emotional abuse/trauma/neglect - while ancient - is ever-present, and all encompassing, and that it's ultimately the root of all human discord.
Hi Daniel. I just wanted to say hello and thank you for sharing your knowledge and unique perspective on youtube. Thank you for your work! Sending hugs, brother.