Blog Post: “Can You Ever Really Get Inside Someone Else’s Head?”

 Can You Ever Really Get Inside Someone Else’s Head?

512px-Man-inside-note-headNew post on my blog, “Making Meaning: Constructing Understandings in a Confusing World.”

We often speak of “getting inside someone else’s head.” When we talk this way, we usually mean that we wish to understand things as others do so that we can grasp what otherwise might seem like utterly incomprehensible behavior. If we could get inside the heads of our boss, our significant other, or that bloviating political candidate on TV then we just might be able to know what they are up to and why.

New Blog Post: Reclaiming Diagnosis

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New blog post:

Raskin, J. D. (2014, May 20). Reclaiming diagnosis [Blog post]. Retrieved from http://dxsummit.org/archives/2086

Excerpt:

. . . the word diagnosis does not technically mean “cause.” Actually, the word has origins in ancient Greek and literally means “to discern or distinguish.” . . . To discern or distinguish something is far broader than presuming to have uncovered its cause.

Discerning or distinguishing is essential to effective counseling and psychotherapy. Without making distinctions and using them to strategize about how to talk to clients and think about their difficulties, psychotherapy is not likely to prove very helpful.

What About Meaning?

New blog post:

Raskin, J. D. (2013, July 2). What about meaning? [Blog post]. Retrieved from http://dxsummit.org/archives/955 (Reposted at http://www.saybrook.edu/newexistentialists/posts/07-25-13)

Excerpt:

My purpose here is to offer a clarion call to all the psychodynamic, interpersonal, humanistic, existential, cognitive, feminist, and constructivist therapists out there—essentially any psychotherapist whose conceptualization scheme involves mapping and understanding human meanings: We want to hear from you here on DxSummit. Your voices should be part of the conversation we are having about the future of diagnosis.

Speaking in Code

New blog post:

Raskin, J. D. (2013, June 10). Speaking in code [Blog post]. Retrieved from http://dxsummit.org/archives/811

Excerpt:

The recent publication of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) has brought several new disorders into public consciousness while eliminating some old ones. As just two examples, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation disorder is in, but Asperger’s is out. The often-overlooked irony is that when it comes to diagnostic codes—the numeric or alphanumeric codes used by insurance companies for reimbursement—things are not as they appear. That is, the DSM-5 disorder your doctor says you have may not be the one coded and sent to your insurance company.

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