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Old 06-18-2013, 12:40 PM   #11
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It is my heartfelt belief that Modern Psychiatry is a Pseudoscience and Mental Health Practitioners function "Priests" of sorts, and if they declare that you are a "Heretic" {Their term is "Insane"} they cart you off to the "Inquisition" (Mental Hospital}.

Some serious thinkers like Robert Pirsig opine that there is no such thing as "Insanity."

As he put it, he "Recanted" {renounced previous beliefs—though without Sincerity} and the Priests told him that he'd "Saved his Soul" {Regained his Sanity} but he viewed it as nothing but a Contemptible Sell-Out to Save his SkinNot his Soul.

He thought himself Cowardly for Acquiescing to their Prejudices.


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It is my heartfelt belief that Modern Psychiatry is a Pseudoscience and Mental Health Practitioners function "Priests" of sorts, and if they declare that you are a "Heretic" {Their term is "Insane"} they cart you off to the "Inquisition" (Mental Hospital}.
I have a certain amount of sympathy for that view, which was the main element of the 1960s 'anti-psychiatry' movement. The American DSM has a massive influence, but plenty of psychiatrists and psychologists are fiercely critical of it as a tool for diagnosing psychological problems.

Pirsig's view is an interesting one, but he seems at risk of taking some conditions where someone's brain just isn't functioning at a physiological level and romanticising it simply as non-conformity.

Presumably Pirsig would have the viewpoint that schizophrenia - for example -is a social construction and just a label attached to someone to describe a different view of reality. But some schizophrenics almost literally cannot join two thoughts together. They're not thinking in some daring new way that doesn't fit with the establishment; they're just incapable of thought; a chemical mishap in the brain means they are denied the most basic birthright of every human.

In some ways, I see his view as similar to describing cancer as 'an alternative way of functioning.'
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On the other hand, and in support of your psychiatry is pseudoscience argument, I wonder if you've come across Rosenman's classic study 'On being sane in insane places'?

Rosenman and seven others presented themselves at mental hospitals, complaining of hearing voices saying 'dull', 'thud' and 'empty'. Those were the only symptoms. Seven of the eight were diagnosed as suffering from schizophrenia and taken in. Once inside, they found it hard to get back out, despite never showing any more symptoms. In a beautiful real-life Catch 22 irony, Rosenman said that the only way he could get released was to admit that he was suffering from a psychological condition, but was now recovering!

In part two of the study, and in response to the hospitals' criticisms of unfair play, Rosenman told them that he would be sending along some more fake patients. A few weeks later, the hospitals reported that they had spotted forty-two (or forty-one, I can't recall which) fake patients that Rosenman had sent out. BONG! Of course, he hadn't sent out any fakes at all this time. They had got it wrong again.

It may be Rosenhan not Rosenman, but tonight I'm too lazy to even google it.
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