Every week in sociology we read an essay or paper over the weekend, and we send a brief note to the professor stating what we think the thesis of the essay or paper is.
This week we are reading, On Being Sane in Insane Places by D.L. Rosenhan. Specifically, it address the problems that arise when you place people in an unusual environment with a label of psychological or psychiatric diagnosis. That is to say, psychiatric hospitals do not and cannot provide an a real-world environment, and that changes behavior.
How, then, can you label someone insane when you are applying models of behavior that exist only outside the environment you are in? How can you say a person is insane when the environment you put them in inherently forces them to act outside the norm of behavior because the environment is unique?
It’s an interesting piece, and I am so glad that we are talking about mental health as part of our course work.