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The Psychology Department welcomes Dr. Gail Hornstein on Thursday, October 10th for a talk titled “Challenge the Textbooks: Psychosis is Not What You Think It Is” with an abstract as follows:
"No one fully understands psychosis or other forms of serious emotional distress or can tell in advance what will help someone who is suffering. There are many explanations now, just as there always have been, but people with advanced degrees in psychology or psychiatry are not the only ones proposing them. Long before these disciplines existed, there was a rival literature on madness written by people with first-hand experience. More than 1,000 such personal accounts have been published in English alone, dating from the 15th century, including testimonies, works of theory, exposés of hospital abuse, interpretations of the meaning of emotional states, and critiques/proposals of treatment approaches. An astounding variety of people have written first-person narratives, and they describe every conceivable form of what has been diagnosed as “mental illness.” Although these accounts are seldom discussed or analyzed by clinicians, they nevertheless offer extraordinary insights into human psychology. Their implications for research and intervention, and the challenge they pose to standard assumptions in clinical psychology and psychiatry, are explored in this talk."
Gail A. Hornstein is Professor of Psychology at Mount Holyoke College. Professor Hornstein received her PhD from Clark University and completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Personality and Social Structure at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research broadly focuses on the history of 20th-century psychology, psychiatry, and psychoanalysis. Professor Hornstein’s Bibliography of First-Person Narratives of Madness in English, now in its 5th edition with more than 1,000 titles, is used by educators, clinicians, and peer organizations all over the world. Her recent book, Agnes’s Jacket: A Psychologist’s Search for the Meanings of Madness, shows how the insights of those diagnosed with schizophrenia, bipolar illness, personality disorder, and paranoia can help us reconceive fundamental assumptions about madness, treatment, and mental life. Professor Hornstein organized and co-facilitates one of the USA’s first hearing voices peer support groups (in Holyoke, MA), speaks widely about mental health issues across the USA, UK, and Europe, and has run many training workshops to foster the development of alternatives to standard treatments for psychosis.Her research has been supported by the National Library of Medicine, the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation, among other sources. She has been awarded visiting fellowships by the History of Science Department, Harvard University; the Bunting Institute, Radcliffe College; Clare Hall and the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities, Cambridge University; Magdalen College, Oxford University; the School of Advanced Study and the Birkbeck Institute for Social Research, University of London; and the Institute of Advanced Study, Durham University. In 2011, she was awarded the Meribeth E. Cameron Faculty Award for Scholarship at Mount Holyoke College.
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