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Lecture 1

PSYC 356 Lecture Notes - Lecture 1: Circular Reasoning, Drapetomania

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PSYC 356
Martin Davidson

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What if your emotional suffering is not a medical issue?
What if these two jimmy’s are experiencing what it’s like to live under these conditions?
-send an e-mail answering these questions-
What’s a feeling?
An appraisal of a situation, an evaluation of what’s going on around you
What are the bad feelings?
Jealous, anger, sadness, irritation, disgust, guilt, scared
What are we only allowed to feel? What’s okay?
Happy, excited, curios, empathetic,
There’s a stigma attached to negative feelings
Weakness, selfishness, out of control, guilt, not able to function, not entertaining
There’s a limit on negative feelings
oBecause then you might have something wrong with you – such as depression
or anxiety
oToo much feeling = disorder is a common stigma
oMight just be doing this for attention
How does too much of a feeling become a bad thing?
When you can’t function
When other people think it’s a problem
When we transition from just suffering to an illness/disorder
oWhen your emotions are affecting your environment and function of daily living
and you cross the threshold.
When do you cross that threshold (to have a diagnosis)?
When the doctor or psychologist say you do, quite literally
You don’t have a diagnosis until a qualified professional, medical professional has given
you the diagnosis – even if you check all of the boxes to meet criterion for a diagnosis
Emotional suffering = very real, the actual experience of emotions is very real and is never
questioned. However, where the threshold is and when/if you’ve crossed it, will always be
The way that you treat in this field, is to get to know the individuals story
What happened in the environment? With their family members? Etc.,
Meaning is important, story is important and understanding the narrative is important
Stemming from formative developmental experiences
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