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Madness Explained (2003)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0140275401, Paperback)This book will explain what madness is, to show that it can be understood in psychological terms, and that by studying it we can learn important insights about the normal mind. The book will argue that traditional approaches to madness must be abandoned in favour of a new approach which is more consistent with what we now know about the human mind. Over the last century or so it has become so commonplace to regard madness simply as a medical condition that it has become difficult to think of it in any other way. Bentall argues instead that delusions, hallucinations and other unusual behaviours are best understood psychologically, and that such experiences for the most part represent exaggerations of mental foibles to which we are all prone.
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"In this work Richard P. Bentall shatters the modern myths that surround madness, showing that there is no clear, reassuring dividing line between mental health and mental illness. He demonstrates that labels such as 'schizophrenia' and 'manic depression' are meaningless, based on nineteenth-century classifications which modern research has shown to have no scientific value. Moreover, psychotic symptoms cannot be reduced to brain dysfunction, but instead can be understood only in terms of psychological mechanisms that are part of normal human nature. Experiences such as delusional beliefs and hearing voices are in fact exaggerations of mental foibles to which we are all vulnerable, and in some cultures are not seen as abnormal at all."--BOOK JACKET.
An edition of this book was published by Penguin Australia.
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