Having invented the word “psychobabble” in 1975 [see the MY WORD section for more], I went ahead and wrote this book, exploring the psychological and linguistic chaos caused by the proliferation of “alternative” therapies, psychiatric cults, and humanistic slang that had begun to adorn casual conversation everywhere like cheap and poorly-applied lipstick. Primal Scream therapy, Co-Counseling, Rebirthing, est, self-help literature, and even the first computerized psychiatrist came under my glib scrutiny.
Too heavily influenced by an older psychoanalytic model, and really much too young to be telling other people what to think and do, I was secretly ashamed of my chutzpah at the age of 27 and surprised that I was taken so seriously. Obviously, if I too hadn’t been ensnared in my own way by the maze of the psychotherapeutic process, I would never have been interested in writing a book on the subject. Nonetheless, I’m happy to report that time and experience have borne out the wisdom of my rejection of the era’s psychotherapeutic salesmanship.