The Conundrums of Psychology by Sam Vaknin

By Sam Vaknin

The basic assumptions underlying the trendy research of psychopathology examined., narcissism, character, narcissistic, narcissistic character ailment, NPD, psychopaths, delinquent, Psychopathology, treatment, relationships, Abuse, Divorce, battering, spousal abuse, household violence, psychotherapy, character problems, cluster B [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]

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Most of the criticism is hurled by mental health professionals and practitioners with large axes to grind. Few, if any, theories in psychology are supported by modern brain research. All therapies and treatment modalities - including medicating one's patients - are still forms of art and magic rather than scientific practices. The very existence of mental illness is in doubt - let alone what constitutes "healing". Psychoanalysis is in bad company all around. Some criticism is offered by practicing scientists - mainly experimentalists - in the life and exact (physical) sciences.

L. Elastic – The plot must possess the intrinsic abilities to self organize, reorganize, give room to emerging order, accommodate new data comfortably, avoid rigidity in its modes of reaction to attacks from within and from without. In all these respects, a psychological plot is a theory in disguise. Scientific theories should satisfy most of the same conditions. But the equation is flawed. The important elements of testability, verifiability, refutability, falsifiability, and repeatability – are all missing.

The two tomes disagree on some issues but, by and large, conform to each other. Back to Table of Contents 34 The Brain Metaphors of the Mind (Part I) By: Dr. Sam Vaknin The brain (and, by implication, the mind) have been compared to the latest technological innovation in every generation. The computer metaphor is now in vogue. Computer hardware metaphors were replaced by software metaphors and, lately, by (neuronal) network metaphors. Metaphors are not confined to the philosophy of neurology. Architects and mathematicians, for instance, have lately come up with the structural concept of "tensegrity" to explain the phenomenon of life.

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