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One week into the fall semester of my ninth grade year, I came to the reluctant conclusion that my new history teacher was a lunatic. She had decided to forego the expected study of history and instead we would all be focusing our powers of learning on the psychology fad known as transactional analysis. One of the books she trotted out for us to read was called I’m Ok – You’re Ok. Shortly after the publication of I’m Ok – You’re Ok, some smart-aleck penned a response entitled I’m Ok – You’re Not So Hot. I was immediately drawn to that title, not only because I have a predisposition toward skepticism about certain facets of psychology, but because I sensed that the title was actually a more honest expression of reality if one accepts the tragic view of the world — that in our fallenness we make everything about ourselves. Anyway, for whatever reason, I’ve always sympathized with George Scott-Moncrief’s view that psychology smells an awful lot like “the deification of the ulterior motive”.
But I digress.