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The Emperor's New Clothes/the Naked Truth About the New Psychology Paperback – May 1, 1985


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  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Good News Pub (May 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0891073418
  • ISBN-13: 978-0891073413
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,468,716 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bradley P. Hayton on February 28, 2012
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Christians have sold their birthright for a bowl of worthless pottage, contends Kilpatrick. In the volume of collected articles Kilpatrick uses both wit and sarcasm to shoot arrows into the heart of humanistic psychology, its main representatives being Rogers and Kohlberg. These philosophers of humanistic content and method have duped us into believing that they have made for us a beautiful garment of silk and gold when in fact we are naked before the world giving up our white robes of righteousness and truth based in God's Word.

Some of his criticisms of Rogers are well known but nevertheless true: people are naturally good, and society corrupts us; his belief in the noble savage and the divine child in each of us; his rugged individualism and belief in the American way; his radical subjectivism concerning values; his radical egalitarianism that suggests that not only are all people equal but so are all relationships. Kilpatrick points out Rogers' relativism concerning values, criticizing "the confusion about free will, the overemphasis on autonomy and self acceptance, the denial of guilt, the neglect and even hostility toward traditional and religious values, the lack of any meaning system to replace these, the transmutation of virtues into hang-ups and perversions into preferences, the undermining of all forms of authority except psychiatric and bureaucratic - all have helped to bring our society to a crisis of catastrophic proportions" (p. 15). He points out that Rogers, let alone many others in psychology, have moved toward the East for spiritual guidance.
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This book flew in the face of everything I've known and have learned and experienced about psychology and therapy. The author made psychology sound like some kind of cheap trick made up to look religion bad. It didn't make sense. He seemed so angry, and it made me wonder if he had been hurt some time in his life. I mean, he himself TAUGHT psychology. How much sense does that make? Not a whole lot.

In short, I only read three chapters. I kept throwing the book across the room in angry outbursts and having to go pick it back up later to read it. Finally, I gave up and spared myself the hurt. Life is too short.
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