The McDonaldization of the Mind

Last week’s ABC Radio National All in the Mind had a fantastic interview with journalist Ethan Watters whose book ‘Crazy Like Us: The Globalization of the American Psyche’ has been making waves with its criticism of the cultural dominance of American psychiatry.

I’ve promised a long overdue review of the book to The Psychologist so I won’t go into too many details here, except to say that although the book is not without its flaws, it remains an important take on how the DSM diagnostic manual is becoming a lens through which both professionals, and more importantly, regular folks, are interpreting their own distress.

This is not just a case of people using foreign terms to label mental disorder. The effect is much more profound. Our knowledge of illness, both physical and mental, affects how we experience distress.

Watters’ book investigates how ideas taken from Western society about the nature of mental illnesses are affecting other cultures, in terms of disease mongering by drug companies, inappropriate treatments being foisted on people in times of distress and local concerns being ignored because they “don’t fit the picture”.

These criticisms are not new, but Watters drags them from the depths of the anthropological research and vividly illustrates them by weaving them into personal and social stories from across the world.

The All in the Mind interview summarises and explores some of the most important and well-done pieces in the book and is definitely worth a listen.
 

Link to All in the Mind interview with Ethan Watters.

3 Comments

  1. gagoonies
    Posted October 1, 2010 at 10:23 pm | Permalink

    Avast ye big pharma, master of psychlo scum.

    “inappropriate treatments being foisted on people in times of distress”

    Here here brother!

    You are correct, cry it from the mountain top.

    It shall be stopped.

    ayahuasca
    iboga
    san pedro cactus
    coca leaves
    kava kava
    cannabis
    psilocybin mushrooms
    amanita muscaria mushrooms

    These can heal people far better than the poisons they be peddlin, Argh matey!

    It be nothin but an involuntary eugenics program to remove those deemed unacceptable by the retards running the scurvy corrupted system.

    They will walk the plank with our swords to their backsides!

    All ill begotten treasure they have plundered for their families houses shall be taken back that we might reclaim our destiny to sail freely on the waters.

    But seriously, a terrible crime is being committed against the American people much more the world. It is called chemical warfare. They have raped minds of generations of our children. Poisoned our seed. Broken endless chains representing winners in the game of evolution. Betraying the peoples trust in them.

    You who are guilty will pay. Be afraid.

  2. Posted October 7, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for the thoughts on the book. Looking forward to the review in The Psychologist. Crazy Like Us comes out in the UK this spring.

  3. gagoonies
    Posted June 21, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

    Try An oppressive tyrannical fascist communist extra dimensional parasitic demon is manipulating controlled hosts into performing SOFT KILLS via mind lobotomizing & organ destroying drugs to subdue those who rebel against such spiritual parasites.

    THEY ARE MURDERING PEOPLE.

    It is not the result of accident, it is intentional POISONING.

    DO NOT ALLOW THEM TO MEDICATE YOU, DO NOT TRUST THEM. THEY ARE NOT HUMAN.

    Do not be indifferent to the hosts used as vessel shells by these creatures which do infect peoples minds & manipulate their personalities. These SUBHUMAN INFERIOR BEINGS, are thought viruses spread, they nest in peoples brains & take on lives of their own. Usurping the beings they possess.

    IF YOU DRAW ATTENTION TO THE PROBLEM PUBLICLY YOU WILL BE TARGETED. THEY WILL USE VIOLENCE IN ATTEMPT TO COERCE YOU. Be aware…

    PARASITES DO NOT LIKE BEING SEPARATED FROM THEIR HOSTS. Etheogens can help you drive off & kill such filth.

    Make no mistake, they view humans as less than cattle.

    ITS A REAL BIOLOGICAL THREAT TO HUMANITY.

    Some of these things are self aware thinking beings others are simply flora & fauna which exist.

    I encourage you to do your own research.

    Im crazy but im not wrong.


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