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Oct 13, 2010 10:29 am

Chile: Solidarity Wins Out over Psychobabble

Brendan O'Neill explains how the thirty-three miners have not only had to endure seclusion, but also the mean-spiritedness, censorship and disdain of the therapy industry.

"The on-site psychology team at the San Jose mine treated the trapped men with extraordinary mean-spiritedness. Driven by the conviction that they, as one headline put it, 'know best', and backed up by the dime-a-dozen profferings of every headline-hungry psychologist and therapist around the globe, the psychologists saw it as their duty to police the men's thoughts and even to censor letters from their families in case they triggered 'problematic emotions'."

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