Indian psychotherapist who wrote controversial book says she’s open to helping
A prominent Indian psychoanalyst has said she is open to being involved in helping people recover from addiction, as she grapples with her own addiction.
In a book that has sparked outrage in the country and triggered a national debate about mental health, Deepak Chopra writes that she is willing to help people who are struggling with addiction.
The Indian psychotherapy graduate who co-authored The Mind of an Addict, which was released in May, says she is trying to help others.
“I don’t have the answers,” Chopra, 61, told the BBC.
“It’s just a matter of trying to find them.”
Chopra’s controversial book, The Minds of Narcissistic Narcissists, claimed that Narcissism is a social construct that was developed in the Victorian era, and that many people with the condition are narcissists who can be “cured” by using techniques such as hypnosis, group therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy.
Chopra argues that the word narcissism was invented in the 1960s to describe people who were insecure and self-absorbed, but the word has since become used as a term of abuse.
“We call them narcissists, but it’s the same thing as being a sociopath,” Chopras book says.
“There’s no such thing as a sociopathy, because narcissism is an innate characteristic.”
Chopras argument is based on the observation that many narcissists have traits that are similar to those of sociopaths, such as an inability to form relationships and a lack of empathy.
Chopras claims that many of the problems plaguing the world come from the narcissist’s inability to learn from their mistakes and develop a more balanced view of the world.
ChopRA’s argument was also based on her own experience, which included the death of her husband and children in a car accident.
Choprum claims she was forced into the role of caregiver for her children, as her husband was recovering from a mental illness.
After being released from prison, Chopra worked as a psychotherapeutic assistant and counsellor for several years, before deciding to take her addiction to the next level and begin a personal recovery.
She now has a Ph.
D. in clinical psychology and works as a psychologist at a residential facility for people with addiction and substance use disorders.
Choprakas work has caused outrage in India, with some calling it a textbook example of the misuse of mental health services.
According to a recent survey, nearly 90% of Indians believe mental health is underdeveloped, and about half of Indian adults say they have used at least one medication to manage their mental health problems.
The book also sparked controversy, with the Indian government taking legal action against Chopra after she was featured in a CNN-IBN documentary.
Choprapra’s book was criticized in India for claiming that the term Narcissist was invented by Victorian psychologists in order to diagnose people with “insane behaviour”, and that the “psychopathic” traits of narcissism were developed in response to people’s need for attention and affection.
The British Medical Journal, which is published in the UK, also called Chopra a “psychopath” and a “whore” in its article.
In the interview with The Guardian, Chopras claim that the media and social pressures have made her a target for “vicious and cruel attacks”, and has left her feeling unsafe.
She says she will not stop fighting until she has a clear understanding of what is really happening to her and the world, and has no intention of giving up.
“People in the media are attacking me for not having the answers to my own problems,” she said.
“If I was a criminal and I was in jail, would the media be asking me questions about why I’m in jail?”
“I’m just not afraid to talk about it, and I have nothing to hide.”
ChopRA told The Guardian that she believes that she has been attacked for being a mental health expert, rather than a person with substance abuse problems.
“The mainstream media are the biggest bully on earth,” she told The Times of India.
“But I don’t care if I get a death threat.
I’m not going to give up.
I’ve been through a lot.”