Download e-book for iPad: De-Medicalizing Misery: Psychiatry, Psychology and the Human by Professor Mark Rapley, Professor Rapley Mark, Dr Moncrieff

By Professor Mark Rapley, Professor Rapley Mark, Dr Moncrieff Joanna, Ms Dillon Jacqui

Psychiatry and psychology have built a psychological wellbeing and fitness process that does no justice to the issues it claims to appreciate and creates a number of difficulties for its clients. but the parable of biologically-based psychological affliction defines our current. The ebook rethinks insanity and misery reclaiming them as human, now not scientific, experiences.

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Dreyfus (1991) points out that Descartes’ philosophy reinvigorated a tradition Philip Thomas and Patrick Bracken 17 that can be traced back to Plato. In common with many Enlightenment thinkers, Descartes was preoccupied with the problem of knowledge and certainty. He was heavily influenced by Galileo’s work in mathematics and astronomy, and he wanted to put philosophy on a similarly secure footing. Could we be as certain of the accuracy and truthfulness of our thoughts about the world as we could be about the solution to a mathematical problem, or the prediction of the positions of the planets?

The first of these is the metaphysical notion of two separate substances existing in the world, body and mind. This has given rise to an extensive and on-going debate about the relationship between the two. In addition, there is also the separation of the mind from the outside world that follows in the wake of Descartes’ metaphysical dualism. 11 The point is that in this Cartesian view the mind becomes ‘self-contained’. It stands outside the 18 Dualisms and the Myth of Mental Illness world and has a relationship to it.

It’s all in the past A third safety strategy is closely related to the vulnerability–stress hypothesis and underpins much cognitive behaviour therapy. The basic premise of traditional CBT is that dysfunctional assumptions about self and the world develop as a result of negative childhood experiences. These ‘schemata’ are then reactivated by later critical incidents (such as failing an exam, a relationship breakdown) mediated by negative automatic thoughts Mary Boyle 33 of which the person may not be aware.

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