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Psychological Naming Rights

The Big Idea for Monday, July 15, 2013

How is it that the meeting of bland and often unscientific criteria is the sole qualification for pathology? That is the case with the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, argues the psychotherapist Gary Greenberg who is the author of The Book of Woe: The DSM and the Unmaking of Psychiatry.

Greenberg says that the DSM is ultimately a very fragile document, and that the power it is given, which power is basically complete and unquestionable authority on all matters psychological, is undue. 

And the consequences can be disastrous, especially if doctors are led to diagnose more illnesses and prescribe more therapies, which Greenberg notes often involve medications "whose efficacy is unknown and whose side effects are severe."



  1. 1 The Bible of Psychiatry is a Book of Woe
    Nicholas Clairmont Think Tank
  2. 2 Psychology Is Too PC
    James Watson
  3. 3 Psychology That Doesn’t Care What’s Wrong With You
    Tal Ben-Shahar
  4. 4 The Psychology of Nothing: Phantom Symptoms
    Dave Nussbaum Random Assignment

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