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On Being Sane

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Sociology
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SOCA02H3
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ON BEING SANE IN INSANE PLACES
David L. Rosenhan
Deviance is the recognized violation of social norms.
Whether a person is labeled deviant depends on how others perceive, define, and
respond to that persons behavior.
There is a great deal of conflicting data on the reliability, utility, and meaning of
such terms as sanity, insanity, mental illness, and schizophrenia.
Benedict suggests that normality and abnormality are not universal.
What is viewed as normal in one culture may be seen as quite unusual in another.
oThus, notions of normality and abnormality may not be quite as accurate as
people believe they are.
The belief has been strong that the patients present symptoms, that those symptoms
can be categorized, and, implicitly, that the sane are distinguishable from the
insane.
The view has grown that psychological categorization of mental illness is useless at
best and downright harmful, misleading, and pejorative at worst.
oPsychiatric diagnoses are in the minds of the observers and are not valid
summaries of characteristics displayed by the observed.
Pseudopatients and Their Settings
Immediately upon admission to the psychiatric ward, the pseudopatient ceased
simulating any symptoms of abnormality.
The reports indicate that the patients were friendly, cooperative, and exhibited
no abnormal indications.
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ON BEING SANE IN INSANE PLACES David L. Rosenhan Deviance is the recognized violation of social norms. Whether a person is labeled deviant depends on how others perceive, define, and respond to that persons behavior. There is a great deal of conflicting data on the reliability, utility, and meaning of such terms as sanity, insanity, mental illness, and schizophrenia. Benedict suggests that normality and abnormality are not universal. What is viewed as normal in one culture may be seen as quite unusual in another. o Thus, notions of normality and abnormality may not be quite as accurate as people believe they are. The belief has been strong that t
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