Re: crazy people/Re: explination of feminist perspective

Gary F. Blanchard (
Mon, 07 Apr 1997 10:32:02 -0700

Dear Bob-

Thanks for your note.

By way of response, I want to tell you --- I hope without being
offensive --- that I am concerned about our conversation. I'm getting
the feeling of being cross-examined, not talked with. You may not
intend this but it's the case for me. Perhaps a factor is that while I
am as fully responsive to your questions/concerns as possible, I still
have no idea what your agenda is/views are. So would you please
enlighten me in your next reply?

Secondly, I am not a PCP-trained professional. I am concerned with the
genus 'constructivism,' not the species 'PCP.' Hence I am openly
ignorant of many of the basic methodological distinctions of PCP. But I
recognize their role and know that they will come up on a list such as
this. So it is essential that I attend to them.
That's why I noted that 'I am not sure what you mean by 'construct....'
Your reply, 'I am referring to a construct in terms of a bipolar
construct as defined by George Kelly,' left me still unclear. Please
tell me, in your own words, perhaps with an example or two, what you
have in mind, so I can share your understanding.

Thirdly, as to the meat of your reply:

> would appear from your brief comment that 'demonstrated
> incapacity' is not a matter of will/volition nor a physical inability. What
> do you see as causing incapacity and do you conceive it as temporary or as
> permanent?
> Regards,
> Bob Green

Demonstrated incapacity, to me, means that one simply cannot, for the
life of them, produce an action, recurrently. I find it useful to
distinguish between capacity and performance. Capacity refers to the
potential for producing action; performance refers to the quality and
quantity of action produced, from within
some explicit or implicit capacity. I can give examples if you wish,
but perhaps the point is so elemental that you would prefer to move on
to other aspects of your query/conversation.

I hope you find this responsive to your questions, and look forward to
learning your views in these matters.
Incidentally, I am somewhat familiar with the work of Szasz and
recognize that the term 'crazy' often has been misapplied as an
instrument of oppression. And I realize that, ultimately, all evidence
(such as, of what constitutes 'crazy,' and who is producing it) is
eyewitness evidence, hence is completely open to misinterpretation and
distortion, benign or not.

Best, Gary                           
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