The approach of the psychiatrist/anti-psychiatrist R.D. Laing predated Provocative Therapy but is similar to it in many ways.
There is little doubt that laughter is good for you. However when you are provoked to laugh at your 'Inner Joke', the funny side of how you are preventing yourself from being fulfilled in life, you get more than just the physiological benefits of laughter. You are nudged into changing your behavioural patterns for the better. This is the essence of Provocative Therapy the cutting edge in the use of contrarianism (reverse psychology) and humour in therapy.
In the hit movie, The King's Speech, the speech therapist, Lionel Logue, uses many of the tactics of Provocative Therapy to help King George VI deal with a speech impediment. Interestingly George VI was also treated by his homeopathic physician, Sir George Weir, who was knighted by his father, George V.
A provocative look at alcohol, alcoholism and Prof. David Nutt's recent statement about alcohol being more dangerous to society than heroin or crack cocaine.
Comedians are suddenly influencing American politics. The power of satire has been officially recognised by the political authorities. Can the medical authorities be far behind? Probably yes.
Today is World Mental Health Day. Started by the World Federation for Mental Health in 1992, it is a day devoted to raising consciousness for mental health causes and raising funds for these causes. As a Provocative Therapist, I considered watching the Academy Award winning film, It's a Mad, Mad, [...]
A major article in The New Yorker profiles the life and work of 'The Laughing Guru' Madan Kataria. There is little doubt that laughter is good for our health but is there more to it than 'laughing for no reason'. In Provocative Therapy, patients may indeed laugh at the absurd remarks of the therapist, but they are also provoked into coming up with their own solutions to their problems.