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The clinician's illusion and benign psychosis

Mike Jackson

in Reconceiving Schizophrenia

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Published in print November 2006 | ISBN: 9780198526131
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754340 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780198526131.003.0012

Series: International Perspectives in Philosophy & Psychiatry

The clinician's illusion and benign psychosis

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This chapter develops the concept of the ‘clinician's illusion’, and considers its implications for our view of schizophrenia and the psychoses. In particular, it is suggested that both our clinical and our theoretical perspectives on psychosis are restricted by a focus on disorder and dysfunction, rather than being informed by an ‘empirical, agnostic approach to the study of delusions and hallucinations’ (Delespaul and van Os 2003). By contrast, a ‘fully dimensional’ conceptualization of the psychosis continuum (Claridge 1997) encompasses benign psychotic states, and invites the consideration of theoretical models from beyond the clinical domain.

Chapter.  8206 words. 

Subjects: Psychiatry

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