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Queen’s Speech: The Volunteering Big Society. Official Government Video.

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Written by Andrew Coates

May 25, 2010 at 4:24 pm

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  1. The full-version is a couple of minutes longer:

    Off Grid

    May 25, 2010 at 5:18 pm

  2. You have done it once more. Great article!

    Salvatore Fish

    May 31, 2010 at 3:16 pm

  3. Excellent production which goes a long way to explaining some of the abusive psychological techniques that victims of these bully/harassment “courses” are subjected to.

    “Gaslighting” is a commonly used technique in abusive relationships and this is what these “courses” can at best be described as, whereby information is manipulated and distorted to destroy the victim’s trust in their own memory and perception in order to break down their perception of reality. Something to be aware of an alert to.

    As a mental health professional I am absolutely disgusted that the Government via Job Centre Plus is actively colluding in the delivery of these cruel programmes.

    I can see this leading to the compulsory psychological testing of the unemployed (as a condition of receiving benefits), mandatory referral to an “organisational psychologist” . I hope it will not come as a shock to learn that such barbaric proposals are being propsed.

    Remember too that “mental health” particularly around the perimeters is very subjective; the whole concept can also be socially constructed and politically motivated. We only need to look at Stalinist Russia for examples of that. By abusing psychology in such a deviant manner (and these absurdities are designed by psychologists) the UK is heading down a very dangerous road – in my opinion.

    Dr Shrink

    June 4, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    • I have already had a Psychometric test on one of these courses.

      Perhaps I ought to scan it because it is truly bizarre.

      It found that I had ‘unusual’ ideas (true – I am a lefty) and that I was ‘too trusting’.

      I showed it to my mates down the pub and we all had a good laugh.

      Andrew Coates

      June 5, 2010 at 10:24 am

      • As a practising Clinician I am puzzled to learn that you have been psychologically evaluated on a Government-sponsored welfare-to-work programme. What is even more puzzling is that you appear to have been clinically diagnosed. Were those conducting this tests professionally and clinically qualified? Administration and interpretation of such tests should only be done by qualified professionals.

        What form did this test take, from what you say it appears to have taken the form of a series of questions with a True/False response. If so, how many questions did the test comprise? If I am correct in my assumptions, you were given a shortened version of a test used in clinical diagnoses. These tests are copyrighted, generally used on a pay-for-use basis and are only supposed to be accessible to the Medical profession. Whatever, some highly dubious and possibly illegal practices appear to be taking place.

        Furthermore, you say that the test was “bizarre”. “Bizarre” in that you were unable to ascertain the reasoning behind the questions?

        For example:

        Answer True or False

        I am sure I get a raw deal from life

        I am very seldom troubled by constipation

        My sex life is satisfactory

        No one seems to understand me

        Evil spirits possess me at times

        I have had very peculiar and strange experiences

        If people had not had in for me I would be more successful

        I have had no difficulty in starting or holding a bowel movement

        Someone has in in for me

        I believe I am being plotted against

        I believe I am being followed

        Often I can’t understand why I have been so cross and grouchy

        I like to cook

        I cry easily

        I am afraid when I look down from a high place

        I am worried about sex matters

        I am so touch on some subjects that I can’t talk about them

        I refuse to play some games because I am not good at them

        I seem to make friends about as quickly as others do

        I dislike having people about me

        Once in a while I think about things too bad to talk about

        I am more sensitive than most other people

        Many of my dreams are about sex matters

        I have had peculiar and strange experiences

        I have never been in love with anyone

        Peculiar odours come to me at times

        I easily become impatient with people

        Whatever, some highly dubious and possibly illegal practices appear to be taking place.

        Dr Shrink

        June 6, 2010 at 4:56 pm

      • I found it bizarre because I have a background which is so alien to being ‘tested’ on my personality that that the thought sends me into a spin.

        The Essex Bird who did this had (it says on the form) a MA in clynical psycholgy.

        I am a pretty normal ultra-lefty with a history of involvement with groups which are well on the state’s radar (can I mention that one of my close mates at one time was Toni Negri and I associated with others who were in the BR and AD?).

        I did not take kindly to comments about my political opinions.

        Mind you there were no questions about sex.

        Andrew Coates

        June 7, 2010 at 10:39 am

      • Addendum:

        There are software packages, for what they’re worth, available that aim to determine candidates suitability for different types of employment. You will find them in schools, careers offices, etc. i could see the rational if you had sat one of these. But to be given a test that is used in the diagnosis of mental illness is beyond belief.

        Regarding these sort of tests: there are in-built safeguard to detect lying, inconsistency, faking, giving random answers etc.
        So if you sat one and just gave random answers you would be deemed “unco-operative”

        Does Human Rights not come into any of this?

        Dr Shrink

        June 6, 2010 at 7:25 pm

      • From your “diagnosis” I can deduce that you have been “evaluated” on at least two clinical “scales” – Schizophrenia (unusual ideas) and Paranoia (too-trusting = naivety Naivety being one of the sub-sets of Paranoia, the other two being Persecution and Poignancy) i.e in response to a question such as: I tend to be on my guard with people who are more friendly than expected – you would probably answer False. Falling within this “range” you would also be described as sensitive to the the needs of others and frank in your interpersonal relationships. Mental health workers tend to score within this “range”. Although, I do observe that your results appear to have been presented in a negative way although given the context I can speculate as to why.

        Given the context, the subtext of all this is to make you question the validity of your political belief system by making you feel like you are at worst crazy or at best a simpleton for holding them.

        Dr Shrink

        June 7, 2010 at 2:00 pm

      • Dr Shrink,

        I am about as hard as you can possibly get.

        Do I give a toss about what some Essex Bird in with a MSC (I got that wrong it’s not an MA) thinks of me?

        Andrew Coates

        June 8, 2010 at 10:43 am

      • Poignancy?! you mean peculiar odours come to me at times?


        June 7, 2010 at 3:46 pm

      • All the better that you don’t care about what others think of you, this is a trait found in highly intelligent persons and is the mark of a successful person whose feelings of self-worth and sense of self-esteem is not dependent on seeking the approval of others. Your lack of need for external validation leaves you less open to manipulation as you are not likely to adapt or change in the face of external pressure.

        I assume that you are in no way a shy, retiring person who is less than respectful and ingratiating towards persons in a position of authority.

        Dr Shrink

        June 8, 2010 at 11:58 am

      • * for clarity
        I assume that you are in no way a shy, retiring person and one who is less than respectful and in no way ingratiating towards persons in a position of authority.

        I wouldn’t worry about the “Essex Bird”. I can only speculate that the absorption of psychology graduates in the welfare-to-work sector is symptomatic of the dearth of openings within the psychology field. It has an air of “job-creation” about it; she is to be more than pitied than anything else. Nonetheless, I still have strong objections to these practices being carried out on what are ostensibly employment programmes. Mental health assessments should only ever be carried out in a clinical setting. An Msc in Psychology is not sufficient qualification to make these sort of judgements. This is tantamount to abuse.

        I also have objections to the implication that those who are work less are in some way mentally ill the inference being that they are wholly responsible for their situation. A very sinister development indeed.

        Dr Shrink

        June 8, 2010 at 12:21 pm

      • Re the “Essex Bird”

        She appears to exhibit a distinct lack of intelligence. You could have queried why she had chosen to study a subject with the worse prospects for employment. I can envisage her own participation in welfare-to-work programmes.

        Dr Shrink

        June 8, 2010 at 12:24 pm

  4. Not constipation, but I have a major problem with verbal diarrhea.

    IBS, Minister for Work and Pensions

    June 6, 2010 at 7:01 pm

  5. I am very seldom troubled by constipation

    Peculiar odours come to me at times

    lowestoft's finest

    June 6, 2010 at 7:20 pm

  6. there are indeed job centre psychologists’.


    June 6, 2010 at 10:11 pm

  7. Dr Shrink: Why do you feel the need to flatter complete strangers?

    H Lecter

    June 8, 2010 at 12:44 pm

  8. Are you “seeking the approval of others”? Do you need “external validation”? Are you trying to manipulate others? And if so, why?

    H Lecter

    June 8, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    • H Lecter, may I ask why you are so suspicious, so un-trusting of the motives of other? Why are you casting aspersions, attempting to manipulate the discussion in such a negative manner? What is your agenda?

      Dr Shrink

      June 8, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    • Quid pro quo, Dr Shrink. I tell you things, you tell me things. Not about this forum, though. About yourself. Quid pro quo. Yes or no?

      H Lecter

      June 8, 2010 at 1:31 pm

      • Indeed, I am a practising Clinician in the NHS, I also run a private practice. And your good self?

        Dr Shrink

        June 8, 2010 at 1:58 pm

      • Proud of yourself, aren’t you, Dr Shrink?

        Good nutrition may have given you some length of bone, but you’re not more than one generation from poor white trash.

        And that accent you’ve tried so desperately to shed: pure Essex Bird, unless I’m very much mistaken.

        H Lecter

        June 8, 2010 at 2:31 pm

      • What’s your father, dear? Is he a coal miner? Does he stink of the lamp?

        If that’s the best argument you can come up with one really does despair.

        Dr Shrink

        June 9, 2010 at 12:58 pm

  9. Dr. Shrink,
    You are displaying an alarming tendency to talk utter arse, kindly shut up forthwith.

    This sister or “Essex Bird” as she is derogativley referred to on this site clearly was far more intelligent than your diagnosis “exhibiting a distinct lack of intelligence. You could have queried why she had chosen to study a subject with the worse prospects for employment”.

    As she has still managed to get a job in the subject with the worse prospects for employment, and despite being disadvantaged by being both a woman and being from Essex and thus probably sounding like Henry’s Cat when she speaks.

    Ms. Harriet Harmen

    June 8, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    • You have taken my remark out of context to suit your own agenda. I cast no aspersions on the inhabitants of Essex, indeed I have many friends and relatives from that county. I demand an apology forthwith.

      I didn’t say that there was no opportunities, I said a dearth of opportunities. Someone who thinks that they can succeed in such an environment is clearly deluded A Mickey Mouse job in a Mickey Mouse company is no cause for celebration. My original assertion still stands – “Essex Birds” prospects are dire.

      Dr Shrink

      June 8, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    • Well my mum was born in West Ham but grew up in Ilford, so I suppose I’m the son of an Essex Bird.

      Andrew Coates

      June 9, 2010 at 12:45 pm

  10. Despite all men being pigs, The Sisterhood would like to send a big shout out and thanks to Lowestoft’s Finest for the kind loan of his avatar for my earlier post,

    As you can see I now have my own so I won’t need his anymore which is another step towards making the male sex redundant.

    Sisters are doing it for themselves.

    Ms. Harriet Harmen

    June 8, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    • Ms. Harriet Harmen, may I ask why you hate men so much? Your strong desire to possess a strong desire to “obtain” a penis and the power it represents is apparent in the hysterical nature of your rantings, which are aggressive in tone and articulates a viewpoint which is generating an external conflict as you struggle to resolve it with your distorted perception of reality .

      Dr Shrink

      June 8, 2010 at 2:01 pm

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