Re: Monistic Perspective...

Mancuso, James C. (
Thu, 19 Feb 1998 10:29:17 -0500


How can I disagree with you???
Yes, we need to define ourselves, as psychoogists. I do not intend to do
that by "bashing DSM." I said, several time, I invite the biology departments
to take over the teaching of the DSM approach. They "have more power" than do
the psychology departments. I am doing DSM afficianados a favor, aren't I????
Let's get on with the business of DEFINING OURSELVES. We should give up
trying to define ourselves by attaching our constructios to diagnostic
narrative formulations.

Jim Mancuso
Greg Bail wrote:

> In reply to J. Mancuso:
> Your argument for construction of ³good stories² is quite compelling to me,
> and very much in line with what I anticipate of the world, and yet....there
> is an outlying Gestalt that still catches my attention, which I believe
> also fits into the paradigm espoused by a Dr. Hebb???
> 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
> ******************************
> It seems common sense is not all that common....

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