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

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 Can You Ever Really Get Inside Someone Else’s Head? New 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… Continue reading

New Blog Post: Reclaiming Diagnosis

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New blog post: Raskin, J. D. (2014, May 20). Reclaiming diagnosis [Blog post]. Retrieved from 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… Continue reading

What About Meaning?

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New blog post: Raskin, J. D. (2013, July 2). What about meaning? [Blog post]. Retrieved from (Reposted at 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… Continue reading

Speaking in Code

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New blog post: Raskin, J. D. (2013, June 10). Speaking in code [Blog post]. Retrieved from 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… Continue reading

Can Evolutionary Theory Help Us Define Mental Disorder?

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New blog post on The New Existentialists: Raskin, J. D. (2013, January 4). Can evolutionary theory help us define mental disorder? [Web log post]. Retrieved from Excerpt: Jerome Wakefield (1992a, 1992b) offers a provocative alternative to the vague atheoretical definition of mental disorder presently found in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders… Continue reading

Honoring the Memory of Thomas Szasz

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My latest blog post, in memory of Thomas Szasz: “Honoring the Memory of Thomas Szasz” Excerpt: Thomas Szasz died on September 8, 2012. For over 50 years, he argued against the ever-increasing medicalization of everyday problems. His argument was simple, yet often misunderstood. Because minds (unlike brains) are not physical, they cannot suffer from… Continue reading

Defining Mental Disorder, DSM-5 Style

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New blog post examining the proposed revision to the definition of mental disorder, which is currently being considered for DSM-5: Defining Mental Disorder, DSM-5 Style / The New Existentialists EXCERPT: What is a mental disorder? This is a question the American Psychiatric Association (2012) has been contemplating as it prepares the DSM-5, the soon-to-be-published revision of… Continue reading