October 14: Fascism
- Were Nazi leaders mentally ill? If not, were they mentally healthy? Is there a third category between the two, or illnesses that we can’t diagnose?
- What about other kinds of bad people (school shooters, terrorists, serial killers, racists, etc.)?
- What are the benefits or consequences of labeling bad behavior as an illness? In other words, what does calling a fascist ill do?
- Is there a gap between psychological science and common sense understandings of illness and health? If so, why and can it be bridged?
October 16: Draeptomania, Dysaethesia aethiopica & Race as Pathology
- Peter Breggin on psychiatry as an instrument of social control
- “An ‘Epeleptick’ Bondswoman: Fits, Slavery, and Power in the Antebellum South”
- Are the two readings similar? How so?
- What sociopolitical factors explains similarities or differences?
- How is psychological science used to shape the world/politics?
- Link to asylum unit
- Link to IQ testing
- What can be done to avoid racism in psychology? What solutions won’t work, in your opinion?
- If psychological diagnoses can be used to reaffirm racism, can they also be used to push back against racism? If so, what would this look like?
October 21: Radical therapies and Social Critiques