Mancuso, James C. (
Mon, 23 Nov 1998 17:26:16 -0500

I had a personal message from one of our network colleagues. I sent
this reply:


Why not post your response on the net..... ? You should invite
response. I wonder what kind of response you would get!!!

If we hired the right diagnostician those "troublesome deviant
construers" who insist on burning automobiles in Jakarta could earn the
label schizophrenia and we could arrange to plant a capsule of the right
"medication" in their butt, so that they would sit around their
miserable homes, drooling, rather than gathering in the area of the
government offices to raise hell.
My concern about our construction of whatever we see when we use the
term schizophrenia goes to the issue of the development of those
"unwanted" behaviors. As psychologists we MUST invent constructions
which tie to developmental variables.
The concentration of "correcting" the events which lead us to invent
the construction which underlies the signifier schizophrenia has led to
a massive waste of paper, and we are not any closer to a useful
construction of the development of the "unwanted behavior."
I happen to believe that considerable comfort would derive from
devoting about one-third of current research effort to developing a
constructivist approach to framing those behaviors.
As constructivists, we could begin by giving much more attention to
those who have been trying to develop constructivist explanations of
unwanted behaviors.

Jim Mancuso


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