Human life – the rich, messy and multifaceted

From Mad in Norway: Professor of psychology Tor-Johan Ekeland writes in the book chapter “Psychology – the good knowledge” (2009) about how the dominant narrative about mental health and suffering leads to increased pathologization in society. An increasing medicalization of human pain creates a narrative that ignores the inherent nature of pain and suffering in human life. This discourse also ignores man’s coping resources and the importance of recognizing his freedom and responsibility. This medicalizing and psychiatricizing view is founded on a natural scientific view where man is reduced to biochemical forms of understanding.

Read the original article here and the English translation here