Published ten years ago. slightly less true now, but still pretty good.
Oppositional treatment design is remarkably accurate in an acute
psychiatric setting. If you want to sleep, we want you to get up. If
you want to be up, we want you to sleep. If you want meds, you probably
shouldn’t have them, but if you don’t want them they are likely to be
exactly what you need. If you want to leave, we make you stay. If you
want to stay, we make you leave. If you’re blaming yourself, you should
stop that. If you’re blaming others, you should start blaming
yourself. It’s not as stupid or mean as it sounds. People usually
come to the hospital because of a particular point of contention with
the usual flow of life. That inability or refusal to change is usually
the central difficulty getting along in the world.