Psychology in/and/as Politics

October 14: Fascism

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  • 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

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  • 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

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