Lou Wynne is an anomaly. Despite the fact that his career has spanned more than three decades and many diverse roles as psychologist, military officer, hospital administrator, JCAHO inspector, psychotherapist, lecturer, and author — he has avoided the Faustian bargains which have severely eroded the integrity of America’s medical and mental health professions in the Postmodern Age. 

I first met Lou in 2002, as a co-presenter at the annual meeting of the International Center for the Study of Psychology and Psychiatry (ICSPP). Since that time, I have grown to appreciate his contributions as a scholar of the humanities and applied behaviorism. By overtly challenging the limitations of biological reductionism, genetic determinism, and state paternalism, Lou has set a high ethical standard for students and practitioners of psychology and psychiatry; and by demonstrating the fruits of critical reflection and authenticity, he has set an equally high example for those who seek meaning and freedom amidst the current climate of corporate totalitarianism (what Szasz has aptly named “pharmacracy”) and contrived consensus (to paraphrase de Tocqueville, the tyranny of a mad and now over-medicated majority).

Were Aristotle alive today, I believe he would perceive in Lou the embodiment of “praxis” and “phronesis”: the former, referring to the ability to translate theory into practice; the latter, referring to the virtue of thinking about how and why one should act, in order to change things for the better. In his latest book, Lou refutes the concept that insanity (whatever that may be) is inherited or inborn: “There are no crazy people, but there are crazy-making environments; there are no mental illnesses, but there are mad-making histories.” 

I hope that readers and listeners of Lou’s work will join him in the process of discovering those forces political, economic, social, cultural, and familial which are commonly and understandably crazy-making, and which imperatively await our transformative actions.  

Grace E. Jackson, MD, author of Rethinking Psychiatric Drugs

Acclaim for Louis Wynne’s Healing the Hurting Soul

“An aptly titled, well written, sorely needed book. Worshippers at the false god of ‘mental illness’ who have suffered as a consequence of their misguided psychiatric piety should find it especially helpful.”

Thomas Szasz, MD, author of Insanity: The Idea and its Consequences, and Pharmacracy

“In Healing the Hurting Soul Louis Wynne has created a wonderful little book that gives individuals suffering from emotional distress an explanation of the sources of their suffering and a blueprint on how to deal with them without undergoing the humiliation of psychiatric diagnosis and harmful drugs.”

Laurence Simon, PhD, author of Psychology, Psychotherapy, Psychoanalysis, and the Politics of Human Relationships

“Louis Wynne’s Healing the Hurting Soul is a well-written, forthright, and accurate book.  It is not tactful, because Dr. Wynne will not lie just because someone prestigious disagrees with him.  In this age when patients are often lied to, supposedly for their own good, patients need this book.  So do relatives and professionals.”

Bertram Karon, PhD, author of The Psychotherapy of Schizophrenia

“A vital book, sparkling with illuminations. Should be read by black sheep and white sheep, their families, and the whole world of professionals.”

Eileen Walkenstein, MD, author of Beyond the Couch, and Don’t Shrink to Fit!
“Excellent and very readable: the only book on mental illness you’ll ever need.”

C.A. Hurst, former Counseling Manager, Albuquerque Job Corps Center