Moving Toward a Wider Perspective on Psychosis
Journal of Humanistic Psychology
Evidence that psychosis always has a biological cause appears lacking, while evidence that it can be a reaction to life events appears increasingly strong. A broader approach may therefore be required, one allowing for the possibility of psychosis emerging, independently of biological causes, when a person’s understandable attempts to solve difficult problems inadvertently create more problems. Efforts by helpers to simplistically explain or suppress psychosis may also then backfire and increase difficulties. Restoring balance may require accepting and integrating psychotic experiences, neither overvaluing them nor dismissing them as being without value. Some methods of working toward this goal are identified and discussed.
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Unger, R. (2018). Moving Toward a Wider Perspective on Psychosis. Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 0022167818762204.