Think of Mental Disorders as the Mind’s ‘Sticky Tendencies’

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From Aeon: “We take mental disorder to be is intimately related to how we think the human body and mind work, in a general sense. For example, a cellular biologist is more likely to take the view that mental disorders are brain diseases, compared with a sociologist, who might see the entire concept of mental disorders as a social construct. One’s understanding of how humans work influences one’s understanding of what it means for humans to be ‘dysfunctional’…

This observation points to some interesting questions: might certain frameworks of human functioning be better than others at helping us to think about mental disorder? Might a more helpful view of human functioning produce a richer understanding of mental disorder? Narrowing the scope of my research, these questions brought me to a position known as ‘embodied enactivism’.”

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1 COMMENT

  1. What is a “mental disorder”
    Indeed.
    There is a stickiness in people who study the behaviour of others.
    Over and over, like a stuck marble, back and forth.

    It is natural to wonder. It is something people have done since the dawn of time.
    Don’t pay too much attention to those thoughts.

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