Is it ever appropriate (metaphorically) to beat someone down to bring them back up.
Military do it to new recruits all the time.
It's usually not a great idea, but it can be appropriate and effective if you are working with someone whose pride is a major barrier to them learning or changing or growing.
Perhaps. I've seen a lot of criminal thinking clients who just don't get it and who have an exaggerated sense if entitlement which is in alignment to your thoughts on pride.
Works great for the military, Maggot.
I actually considered the military when I wrote the question and I can see validity in the military. NOW GIVE ME 50 PUSH-UPS!!!!
I'm a drug and alcohol counselor and this philosophy is atrocious in my opinion. Yelling at and demeaning people to "rebuild" them is abusive unto itself.