`Fast becoming a contemporary classic... this book tries both to be critical and engender critical thinking in a number of ways. It offers an overview of a number of theories that address human distress as well as particular forms of "pathology". This book effectively highlights the way that western society has taken "normal"; and "abnormal" emotional states to be factual entities rather than the constructed understandings of human phenomena that they are.... should be on the reading list of every course//module that attends to human distress' - Journal of the Society for Existential Analysis This practical and accessible critique of the institutions, practices and presuppositions that underlie the st
This chapter looks at research on language, and the ways in which traditional psychiatric work on psychosis, which produces a circular argument to confirm existing labels, can be challenged. Some alternative theoretical approaches, drawing on pragmatic, psychoanalytic and narrative therapy ideas are described. Implications of each of these different ways of interpreting ‘abnormal’ talk are explored.
In previous chapters we have discussed the central role of language in the production of psychopathology. We have examined the ways in which cultural discourses enter into and inform professional narratives and have analysed how language is at the core of professional practices of diagnosis and classification and of the construction of pathological identities. We have seen how, by concealing the role that language ...