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Rom Harré and Fathali M. Moghaddam have designed a textbook and brought together additional voices that speak to the similarities and differences of two seemingly separate domains in psychology. This bridge-building seeks to encourage a new generation of undergraduate students studying psychology to more fully appreciate the real potential for the study of human behavior, and as such it will represent a more provocative alternative to standard general psychology textbooks. It also be used in a host of courses, namely on the conceptual and philosophical nature of psychology, social psychology, critical psychology and cognitive science.

Disorders and Treatments
Disorders and treatments

We schizophrenics say and do a lot of stuff that is unimportant, and then we mix important things in with all this to see if the doctor cares enough to see them and feel them. (Joan, a client of R. D. Laing in Laing, 1965)

Mental illness has been part of human life for millennia. How we have understood it has been related intimately to how we have attempted to help those who have been diagnosed. In this chapter, I will explore two different, contrasting approaches to understanding and treating mental disorders.

The first approach, grounded initially in medicine and, more recently, also in neuroscience, entails the view that the root problem of mental illness is biological and is based primarily in ...

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