Micha Frazer-Carroll on how the world de-politicized the brain.
Just restacked this and quoted my favorite part: “In 1980, you get this new edition of the DSM that’s much more individualizing and about internal disease and disorder. And that happened at the same time as this state disinvestment. The message was: it’s your responsibility as an individual actor to bring your minds and behavior back in line with the demands of the state and the labor market. And that’s where we get the ‘reach out, speak out, break the stigma’ narrative.”
And this interview ties in with the pitch I emailed you even better than your earlier post about drug use does.😁
This is a really interesting approach to understanding mental health that I haven't heard many others speak about until finding "Mental Hellth" and I really appreciate the in depth look at this perspective you are offering here. Something I am always coming back to are the debates that open up around mass shootings in the US. Liberals all start hollering about gun control (which I am totally for btw) and conservatives suddenly pipe in about mental health as though they care about it now and we should all be heading to therapy to fix our crazy selves. But no one on either side ever addresses the larger issue at play: which is, in my mind, a social (or political as you might put it) sickness. Our society is sick, not just individuals who are acting out. Those horrible acts are symptoms of a much bigger, darker, ingrained problem that we all seem to want to ignore. I do think that there is some degree to which the individual does have to take responsibility for oneself and do what they can to learn and grow as a person, however, to use that as an excuse to totally ignore the bigger social issues driving a great deal of the mental health struggles we experience is insane. Thank you for helping to shed some light on this, because I really think people need to talk about this more!
Read this just before starting to write a grad school paper on where social justice and counseling meet. Got my brain train chugging, thank you!