People With Schizophrenia Diagnoses Actually Do Listen

Kermit Cole
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Contrary to the hypothesis that delusional beliefs in schizophrenia are a persistent general deficit, patients using a well-documented advice-taking task revise their beliefs, taking into account socially provided information, and actually show less egocentric advice-discounting than “healthy” controls. The study by researchers from France and Switzerland shows that delusional patients’ difficulty in revising beliefs is more selective than previously assumed. The study appears in PLoS One.

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at kcole@madinamerica.com.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. in my experience people with delusions act like people who have been hypnotised on stage. There logic works 100% apart from the one thing. It is as if they have planted the delusion into their head while in a run-down state often due to sleep deprivation

  2. Frequently, abused people who complain to or about the power elite, abusive family members or coworkers/bosses are falsely accused of being “delusional,” “psychotic” and other character assassination to discredit, gaslight, silence, intimidate, disempower and destroy them. Stigmatizing one’s stress or trauma symptoms from domestic, work or community abuse as bipolar to drug somebody to literal death is another gem to shut the person up and collude with the abusers, which is quite typical. See web site: BULLYONLINE by Dr. Tim Fields!

    So, I question how many people in these so called studies are really delusional except for the time they may have trusted a psychiatrist unless forced on them.