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Nov 23, Abailart rated it it was amazing. Return to Book Page. Capable of changing your madnesa, and very educational. But how might auras and madness be connected?

However, I think realistically that this book is not for everybody: David Carr – – Philosophical Investigations 33 2: These first hundred pages, though enjoyable, add little to the argument. History of Western Philosophy. But, in my view, his explanations are no explanations at all, they are just a psychological mapping of symptoms of psychosis. I’m not sure who Bentall intended as an audience. Mental Disorders in Philosophy of Cognitive Science. Added to PP index Total downloads 1, of 2, Recent downloads 6 months 20 22, of 2, How can I increase my downloads?

I hope he went on to write other books. Each one with countless variables and interacting with each other. I will, because then, and only then, I am brave, not a coward. No keywords specified fix it. He argues this paradigm is obsessed with categorizing patients into countless diseases and always working on an assumption of genetic aberrant biology.

Madness Explained: Psychosis and Human Nature by Richard P. Bentall

May 18, Irma Strydom rated it it was amazing. Provides plenty of evidence that the current model of diagnosing and treating psychosis leaves a lot to be desired, and offers some valuable insights for the field. Because psychosis appears to be part of the human legacy, there is hope that if we learn to deal bentsll it better, we just might evolve to phase it out.

The conceptualisation of ‘madness’ is problematised: Through the book Bentall shows how to acquire a more nuanced bentwll on mental disorders, and tells us to consider complaints rather than symptoms, arguing that the line between disorder and normal functioning should be drawn when symptoms are percieved as negative in the eyes of the patient.


But overall it’s something that can easily be used to help understand the mental illness I see in my module as the book is well written madnness offers such an interesting argument.

Throughout, he argues that Emil Kraepelin’s foundational schema for classifying madness into manic depressive and dementia praecox is fraught with a number of problems and should be abandoned.

But I did because Bentall’s writing made the reading easy and the arguments clear. Anja rated it it was amazing Jul 17, The expression of an individual has, of course, some relationship with the ‘inner feelings’, yet for clarity the inner world can be considered as an autonomous region, a place of subjective narratives and mood texture.

The term “psychosis” refers to the presence of delusions and hentall. We’re not This book provides plenty of evidence that the current model of diagnosing and treating psychosis leaves a lot madnss be desired. I kept hoping he would eventually deal with practicalities. A perfect introduction for people interested in a scientific approach to psychopathology.

I can excuse the discrepancies in Laing, as I can the overgeneralisations from Bentall. The publicity sets up its author, Richard Bentall, as an anti-psychiatrist in the manner of RD Laing, but the contents are actually much less controversial. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

A Study of Logophilia. He seems to appreciate the uncertainties of mental health practice, but then seeks to fix them in a symptom-orientated approach. Sign in Create an account. The final section concentrates on Bentall’s personal observation of and research into delusions and hallucinations.

Madness Explained: Psychosis and Human Nature

Sometimes therapy or generic medications are better. He argues that psychotic symptoms occur more frequently than we would like to believe, and are, in fact, rooted in human nature. He argues that we should no Madness Explained takes you on a journey through psychiatric history, research and development, and argues that the long-prevailing doctrine after Emil Kraepelin is deficient regarding many aspects.

He dives quite deep into some clinical trials, which while perhaps useful for someone want to know the topic as deeply as humanly possible like a psychiatristfor someone more layman it feels overkill.

Bentall, who is professor of experimental clinical benfall at Manchester University, delves into “normal” mental processes by investigating psychotic illness.


Also, while not the classical anti-psychiatry critique, he also argues that many psychotic symptoms reflect the core exolained dilemmas of ordinary people, they’re preoccupations about the position of the self in the wxplained universe, and the line between madness and satiety is very blurry. Marness reducing the book to a sentence, the main theme of the book is that psychosis and different kinds of mental disorders should be viewed as variations of normal psychology – that it belongs on a continuum between sane and insane, rather than being a different entity.

The complaints being simply the result of the combination of the pathways mentioned above. The trouble is that apart from his ad hominems against the seminal figures of psychiatric history, Bentall’s writing comes across as high and mighty and arrogant “all these great figures of the past are wrong, and I will show my much better way” – he may not mean it that way, but to me it sure comes across that way. Now I know me madness better!!!

If you like books and love to build cool products, we may be looking for you. He argues for a symptom-oriented approach post-Kraepelin. As is widely known, his ambition instead was drowned in drunkenness. Birgit Explaind – – Journal of Medical Humanities 32 4: This involves treating compassionately what we can and accepting more as “normal” what we can’t.

Oct 07, Tiago Faleiro rated it it was amazing Shelves: Some his proposed mechanisms include neurodevelopmental impairment, parent attachment, quality of parental communication, parental attributions, environmental stressors, cognitive vulnerabilities self-representation, theory of mind deficits, dysfunctional mega-cognition, etcprodromal characteristics and triggering events. By making madnwss atrists sound like dogmatists, eager to dole out tablets and unwilling to engage with patients, he ignores the fact that many are keen to provide those treatments, such as cognitive behavioural therapy, that involve talking to patients and focusing on their problems and worries.

To me, the final section of the book, which was obviously the author’s passion, should have been expanded.