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thWeek Five February 7 2012 On Being Sane in Insane placesD L Rosenhan NotesFinally as early as 1934 Benedict suggested that normality and abnormality are not universal What is viewed as normal in one culture may be seen as quite aberrant in anotherAnxiety and depression exists Psychological suffering exists But normality and abnormality sanity and insanity and the diagnoses that flow from them may be less substantive than many believe them to bePsychiatric diagnoses in this view are in the minds of the observers and are not valid summaries of characteristics displayed by the observer psychological diagnosis is somewhat misleadNormality is distinct enough that it can be recognized wherever it occurs for it is carried within the personThat psychiatric diagnosis betrays little about he patients but much about the environment in which an observers finds himEight sane people gained secret admission to 12 different hospitals Their diagnostic experiences constitute the data of the first part of this article the remainder is devoted to a description of their experiences in psychiatric institutions Pseudopatients and Their SettingThree pseudopatients were women five were menThe nature of the
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