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Extraordinary Science and PsychiatryResponses to the Crisis in Mental Health Research$
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Jeffrey Poland and Serife Tekin

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780262035484

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262035484.001.0001

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Truth and Sanity: Positive Illusions, Spiritual Delusions, and Metaphysical Hallucinations

Truth and Sanity: Positive Illusions, Spiritual Delusions, and Metaphysical Hallucinations

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(p.293) 13 Truth and Sanity: Positive Illusions, Spiritual Delusions, and Metaphysical Hallucinations
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Extraordinary Science and Psychiatry
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Owen Flanagan

George Graham

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262035484.003.0013

We criticize a worrisome trend in contemporary psychiatry that pathologizes normalcy on dubious epistemic grounds, on the naïve premise that mental health has some sort of clear, precise, and firm link to true belief and conversely that mental disease or disorder has some clear, precise and firm link to false or misbegotten belief. We deny this premise and show how it should make us worry that we understand what makes illusions, delusions, and hallucinations unhealthy or abnormal. In fact, we deny that illusions, delusions, and hallucinations are categorically or even typically unhealthy or abnormal.

Keywords:   Delusion, Hallucination, well-being, pathologizing normalcy, self, DSM, good life, positive illusion

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