Author Archives: Suraj Sood

About Suraj Sood

I'm a Ph.D. student concentrating on "prefiguring" our relation with the environment, focusing on global climate change as a case problem. More about me can be gleaned from my other social media profiles.

Love’s Puppet

To be controlled–

Ma-ni-pu-la-ted!

God’s soldier;

Your psychologyver:

Forever, and always.

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Are pychological diagnoses meaningless?

Part of the issue is the power psychiatry wields as a profession, relative to psychology.

“Evidence-based” usually translates to privileging biochemistry over psychology (the latter of which is “soft”, and therefore “less empirical”).

People have equated the brain with mind more and more, over time. Pushing that further, if neural dynamics determine psychological states (such as moods) outright–but, not vice versa–it becomes logical to target biological factors to uproot behavioral problems.

It is telling that psychological diagnoses are outlined in a manual published by the American Psychiatric (not Psychological) Association. Much of modern psychology grew out of psychiatry–see Freud and Jung, but also other theorists around their time like Karen Horney, who was an M.D.–so part of this is attributable to psychology’s heritage.

As the field develops its identity more, perhaps we’ll see psychologists push for greater control over the field’s diagnosis-establishing processes.

Psychological W’s and H

What we think is generated by the brain.

What we feel is in the heart!

What we do is by the body:

Who we are is our soul…

How we are is our spirit–

Why we are and do is gut-driven.