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The helpful delusion: Evidence is growing that mental illness is more than dysfunction, with enormous implications for treatment

This article by Prof. Justin Garson has been published in Aeon magazine. It begins: “Most people thought my dad lived alone. He didn’t. He lived with God and the French actress Catherine Deneuve. They were outside of him but somehow projected…
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The Evolution of ADHD: The advantages of wandering attention

This article by Justin Garson has been published in Psychology Today. It begins: “ Attention -deficit/hyperactivity disorder ( ADHD ) is often described by psychiatrists as a neurodevelopmental disorder, one marked by inattention, disorganization, and impulsiveness. In contrast, some psychologists, psychiatrists, and anthropologists see…
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This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession

This book has been written by Daniel J. Levitin. The publishers say: “In this groundbreaking union of art and science, rocker-turned-neuroscientist Daniel J. Levitin explores the connection between music—its performance, its composition, how we listen to it, why we enjoy it—and the…
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The Philosophy of Complexity

The emerging field of Complexity Science is highly relevant to the ecological paradigm for mental health that we are proposing. In  The Philosophy of Complexity , Chris Lucas identifies three main strands in complexity thought: Systems thinking (incorporating cybernetics) which relates to non-specific systems. Organic thinking (including evolution) relating…
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Social Empathy: The Art of Understanding Others

The publishers say of this book : “Our ability to understand others and help others understand us is essential to our individual and collective well-being. Yet there are many barriers that keep us from walking in the shoes of others: fear, skepticism,…
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