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Shvoong Home>Books>Destructive Trends In Mental Health Review

Destructive Trends In Mental Health

Book Review   by:RenaissanceMan     Original Authors: Rogers H. Wright; Nicholas A. Cummings
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In the age of slick media presentations, sound bites, special interestgroups and political correctness it's difficult to obtain an in-depthreport on any topic. There is such cultural pressure for groupthink.It's also difficult to get follow up reports that detail the impact,intended or not, of actions, laws and rulings today, on the future.Destructive Trends In Mental Health is a well research and welldocumented book that examines many of the most popular and hot buttonmental health issues of the day. For example, the book criticallyexamines and reviews such topics as: sensitivity, diversity, thepsychology of victim hood, the diseasing of American children and thepolitics of diagnosis.Perhaps the bravest endeavor of the book is that it discusses thedumbing down of psychology and the fact that faulty research isfrequently used to draw sweeping conclusions. It discusses at lengththe fact that pseudoscience is frequently passed off as stridentscientific research. Several of the chapters discuss the social impactof many of the current trends in psychology. For example, what is thesocial impact of vast numbers of individuals considering themselves tobe victims? What are the costs of affirmative action? What impact isthere in society when TV directly advertises medications and thereforediseases to the public?Destructive Trends In Mental Health is a thought-provoking look at ourcurrent culture and our current love affair with political correctness,special interest groups and the media.
Published: January 18, 2007   
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