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The Goldwater Rule Doesn't Apply in Florida (and many other places)

Psychologists are the new Gods: they explain everything to us about the past, present, and the future. They are omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent (are those the right three? lol). When bad news lights up the television waves, your local paid friends/Court Whores are the first to turn to in order to help us makes sense of the senseless.

Take this Florida psych for example:

Psychologist calls Madoff a psychopath

...Now, like many, they are wondering why someone considered a friend for so long potentially scammed them. Forensic psychologist Dr. Phil Heller works on thousands of criminal cases. He has never met Madoff, but says the financier fits a profile.

Dr. Phil Heller says, "A psychopath makes you give them money, believing in something else and you're betrayed."

A psychopath is someone who lacks a conscience and empathy. In his practice, Dr. Heller has dealt with victims of people with anti-social personalities.

"A psychopath will never think he's wrong. If you were stupid enough to give me money that's o.k. for me that rationalizes if for me,” says Dr. Heller

He’s not surprised there is a long list of possible Madoff victims.

Dr. Heller says, "Takes some time to engage you. You'll get a sense of security."

Dr. Heller says the victims will struggle to understand.

“It's not only the stealing it's a violation,” he says.

In his professional opinion they will likely never get the closure of an apology. He says the diagnosis of psychopath is the only mental illness that cannot be used as a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.
But why are we to trust his professional opinion? Do we personally know Dr. Heller? And does Dr. Heller personally or professionally know Madoff. This is speculation based on observation...observation through the media...

But the Goldwater Rule says (emphasis mine):
On occasion psychiatrists are asked for an opinion about an individual who is in the light of public attention or who has disclosed information about himself/herself through public media. In such circumstances, a psychiatrist may share with the public his or her expertise about psychiatric issues in general. However, it is unethical for a psychiatrist to offer a professional opinion unless he or she has conducted an examination and has been granted proper authorization for such a statement.
But since when has Florida started taking in part ethics? Florida is the land of the secret JQC and sham psychologists who make up guidelines as they go, and then train everyone on the new rules implemented in their favor.

So, the next time you hear a psych professional "diagnosing" someone (without examination or authorization), ask him/her, "Have You Been Goldwatered Today?"



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1 advocates for peace:

Bibleman Mar 2, 2009 9:57:00 AM  

Is this just making an observation, throwing out a label, and calling it a medical diagnosis?
Was this Doctor or possibly one or more of his friends possible victims of this Ponzi scheme, so they want to make sure that a psych diagnosis can't be offered as an explanation, so this diagnosis was given in public to thwart defense? Does this same Doctor call a murderer a psychopath, or does it depend on whether someone coughs up some cash for a sympathetic explanation for socially unacceptable behavior?



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