All Have Fallen Short Of The Glory Of The DSM

A useful discipline of self-defence against intellectually phony assertions is to ask, “How could it be otherwise?” or “What would the contrary situation actually look like?”

We should use this one on the lists of Personality Disorders in the America psychiatric handbook. Our question would then be, Who might have none of the Disorders? The answer must clearly be what the I Ching would call The Superior Man. And the personality disorders describe everyone inferior to this. As St. Paul put it, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” – and this echo might have something to tell us about the unconscious assumptions behind the whole system. A secular version of the Calvinist doctrine of Total Depravity offers the added attraction of denying that a psychiatrist can ever not be owed a fee.

Posted on January 1, 2010 at 08:42 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink
In: MONKEY BUSINESS, Therapists And Other Health Hazards

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