Re: Monistic Perspective...

Jim Legg (
Fri, 20 Feb 1998 00:46:56 +1300

Greg Bail wrote:

> In reply to J. Mancuso:


> What happens when patterns start showing up in these constructs, and all
> these stories have some parts of beginnings, middles and ends that begin to
> fall into patterns. What happens when this pattern recognition also proves
> to be statistically significant along the lines of DSM? Or perhaps it
> helps to reference aspects of these patterns in terms of its language when
> communicating with colleagues? I see pattern recognition as a foundation
> of what we learn to be human.

> Isnıt that the spirit of Ana Almeidaıs communique? In some circles it is
> quite in vogue to go on DSM-bashing, but I do not believe that validates
> those intellectual cliques by itself. We do not need to react against the
> vogue of the DSM to define ourselves. Itıs not even really about peaceful
> coexistence. I believe a truly successful shift in paradigms is able to
> co-opt those it replaces and use its defining elements to support the
> newly-constructed narrative. A dominant paradigm must stand on its own
> sturdily-construed merits.
> So when the condescending psychiatrist tries to brush off your construals,
> you simply smile and run theoretical circles around his rigid,
> pharmaceutical-pushing construct like a moat around a medieval fortress.
> Perhaps, then, the psychiatrist will have ³no exit² but to engage the new
> paradigm....
> all in fun, greg
> Greg Bail, 2nd yr. MSW Student, UC Berkeley
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> It seems common sense is not all that common....