I’m going to share with you some things that have been kept quiet in my family for many years. It starts with my first memory. My first memory is of my dad beating my mom. It’s a sad memory and I’ve rarely told it to many people. I can still see my mom, in desperation, … Read moreTranscending My First Memory
There’s a good article here about the biases we all hold. I mean bias in the psychological sense. I learned a lot about bias as an undergraduate, and tried to root out as many as I could over the years. I can’t say that I’m perfect (who is?), but I think I’ve gotten better. I … Read moreOn Trusting Yourself, Knowing You Are Not Trustworthy
I kinda like it. Plus, it talks about the biopsychosocial model.
Most people give credence to biomedical research over biopsychosocial research, thinking, I suppose that biomedical research shows us about reality. I don’t want to argue that it doesn’t. What I do want to do is argue for the social sciences as giving us information about the nature of reality. For example, we know that Holocaust … Read moreBreaking from Reality
I’ve spoken a lot about the biopsychosocial model, but I haven’t posted about George Engel, who posited it. Here‘s the seminal paper.
I want to argue, using the biopsychosocial model that, for any case of psychosis, we cannot, currently, say for sure what the ultimate cause of it is. The biopsychosocial model can be thought of as both a theory of causes, and a theory of treatment. When thought of as a theory of causes, one looks … Read moreCausing Psychosis: What We Can and Can’t Know
The biopsychosocial model was never developed fully theoretically. Yet, I, and many researchers, think it shows promise. In this essay, I want to think about how a brain condition can have multiple causes. In doing this, I will make analogies with broken bones and physics, and posit social causes. The cause of a broken bone … Read moreThinking about Social Causes