Cognitive behavioral therapy, or, CBT, is the dominant mode of societal treatment of unhappiness. It locates the problem within the individual, and tells people that if they can just adjust their negative though patterns on their own (or with the prompting of their therapist), their problems will be mostly solved (or appropriately masked). Incels, perceiving their problems as caused almost exclusively by external factors (such as society rather than their own thought patterns), often view such treatments in a negative light, and thus almost never voluntarily seek this type of, “treatment”.
CBT is neoliberalism on steroids
There is endless reams of literature that demonstrates that societal factors such as low social status, social isolation and poverty are more correlated with unhappiness than compliance with the recovery industry. Prominent academics such as Paul Maloney, Jordan Peterson, and Franco Basaglia also have argued that extreme and persistent mental distress is most often caused by a lack of social validation or subjective loneliness (i.e feeling socially excluded and undervalued, regardless of actual levels of social interaction). Not only does therapy have no chance of addressing societal inequalities, it allows society to look the other way, and present inceldom an individual weakness or vulnerability, rather than a more or less predictable result of living a marginalised existence in a society that increasingly celebrates social darwinian mating competitions. This observed similarity between CBT and neoliberism may be due to the influence of the nineteenth century “father of Liberalism” – John Stuart Mill, on the psychologists who developed CBT.
In a study called An analysis of psychotherapy versus placebo studies published in Cambridge University Press, it reads, “The only (sic) studies clearly demonstrating significant effects of psychotherapy were the ones that did not use real patients. For the most part, these studies involved small samples of subjects and brief treatments, occasionally described in quasibehavioristic (sic) language. It was concluded that for real patients there is no evidence that the benefits of psychotherapy are greater than those of placebo treatment.” Receiving talk therapy corresponds with an increase in stress, depression, neuroticism, and negative personality traits.
CBT as superstition
CBT is loosely based on a superstitious Cartesian dualism (the French philosopher René Descartes’ belief that the mind is a factor separate from the body, similar to metaphysical religious beliefs regarding the existence of an eternal soul.) It turns out there is no little man with a lever behind the brain directing our actions, which can be coached into being more effective on it’s own. The self cannot be separated from it’s actions, as the latter always comes from the former, there is no free-will being in the middle.