Little Kitten – TED Talk Strange Answers To The Psychopath Test

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Kylie Sturgess is a Philosophy teacher, media and psychology student, blogger at Patheos and podcaster at Token Skeptic. She has conducted over a hundred interviews including artists, scientists, politicians and activists, worldwide.
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  • pipenta

    I haven’t read the book. But this talk, at least, isn’t really about the DSM. It is about the speaker’s emotional response to mental illness and those institutions that deal with mental illness.

    The thought processes here are oh so common in the public’s response to any scientific study of human behavior. They dismiss it as being a pseudo science and then proceed to use heavily-interpreted individual examples to support that dismissal.

    Psychiatry, and any scientific approach to studying human behavior makes us anxious. So, many insist, it doesn’t count.

    I think it is shame based, the response. I think that people fear being defective, having their imperfections made known. We don’t like the idea of being a point on a continuum. The hell with that. We just want to be reassured that we are okay.

    I suspect it make it an uphill battle for those trying to research human behavior, because there is so little public support.

    And I don’t find the speaker’s approach to be dishonest. Just if you are going to quote the scientologists dismissing psychiatry as a pseudo science, perhaps there should be a short discussion of what science actually is. And that is something journalists rarely do.


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