Re: Schizophrenia

Tim A. Connor (
Wed, 9 Dec 1998 09:39:50 -0800 (PST)


I picked up a copy of your research in Seattle (I missed your
presentation, unfortunately). What I have is just an abstract and
statistics--if there's a more complete version available I'd love to get

I agree with everything you said in your post. I was referring to the
difficulty "schizophrenics" seem to have in checking the "delusional" part
of their belief system against others' constructions, not intending to
suggest that they are utterly incapable of sociality. And I would agree
that they can enhance their capacity to engage in role relationships even
regarding their "delusions", and that this may well be the core of

There's a fascinating book by Edward Podvoll, THE SEDUCTION OF MADNESS,
that describes a therapy program based on sociality (though he doesn't use
PCP language). Essentially, it involves having someone--a professional or
a trained friend or family member--with the client almost all the time,
engaging them in conversation and ready to take advantage of moments of
clarity when they are more able to examine and modify their constructions.



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