Re: Can pcp and neuroscience jointly help schizophrenics?

George Boeree (
Tue, 01 Dec 1998 11:13:22 +0000

The schizophrenia discussion has been most interesting, and I especially
appreciate Tim Conner's and Tony Downing's comments I received today.

I have two questions:

1. Isn't it compatable with PCP to view some disorders (schizophrenia and
depression being the obvious candidates) as being more physical than
psychological (i.e. a matter of construction)? It seems PCP describes
psychological functioning with a "healthy brain." Can't there be some problems
beyond an individual's construction?

2. Although each person has his or her own construction of reality, isn't
there one reality which they are construing? That is to say, aren't some
construction systems simply closer to reality than others, and others clearly
farther away? I realize it isn't always easy to tell -- all of our
constructions being less than complete -- but schizophrenia, generally, seems
more than just a vexation or deviance!

It occasionally sounds (to me) as if some have gone a little too "post-modern."

George Boeree

PS. I have suffered from depression most of my life, and I found it
incredibly helpful to construe the depression as biological (long prior to the
advent of prozac), rather than search fruitlessly for an environmental or
psychological cause for the problem!

"Life is a child playing around your feet, a tool you hold firmly in your
grip, a bench you sit down upon in the evening, in your garden." -- Jean Anouilh

Psychology Department Shippensburg University Shippensburg, PA 17257 USA