There is always a potentially difficult relationship between service users, carers and professionals. Open dialogue seeks to address this issue through allowing every party in the relationship to have a frank interchange, based on honesty and mutual respect. Hence it is disingenuous to attempt to misrepresent the idea of showing “insight”. Read more
John Sawkins gained an interest in thinking through the issues of mental health when he had a break down at the age of 52. He worked full time as a lecturer and taught for thirty years. Subsequently he made up his mind that he was going to recover from the break down and returned to work full time again in teaching for nine years. Read more
Come along to People Know How, first floor in Ocean Terminal from 6pm to listen to Alex tell us about Mad Studies…
Title of talk:
Mad Studies; The Emergence of a New Field of Knowledge by Alex Dunedin
This article takes an excerpt of an important book for both its historical context and it’s content. In the field of Mad Studies – an emerging area of study in academia which, although a part of formal education, extends well beyond its borders – the ideas presented in the book hold a high degree of relevance. In this book ‘Mental Seduction and Menticide; The Psychology of Thought Control and Brainwashing‘ by Dr Joost Abraham Maurits Meerloo, various notions of mental coercion are discussed in context with the dangers of totalitarianism and domination of the individual. Read more
This is a podcast of Professor Ray Miller doing the next in his series of talks ‘What Has Psychology Ever Done For Us?’ where he is examining popular myths in psychology. Everybody is a psychologist and most of us have some understanding of how people work. Or, at least, we think we do. Often Psychology is accused of simply being common sense. As a science it merely confirms what we already know intuitively. After all, much of Psychology is common knowledge that we all share, right? Read more
Come along to the community hall on the side of St John’s Church Edinburgh at 6.30pm for some food, some drinks (BYOB) and a talk on psychology by Ray
Title of talk:
Myths of Popular Psychology
No. 7 in the series “What has Psychology ever done for us?”
Come along to The Counting House at 7pm to listen to Ray, share a crust of bread, and learn about control…
Title of talk:
“We control you: the Psychology of obedience and authority”
No. 6 in the series “What has Psychology ever done for us?”
Bullet points of what you would like to talk about:
- Are we really in control of ourselves?
- Are our decisions individual or the result of group norms and pressures?
- Can we easily be convinced to behave in ways we might normally find unacceptable?
- Is there a ‘demon’ inside us that has to be controlled by Society and Civilisation?
- How influenced are we by conformity, obedience and authority?