Title

Moving Toward a Wider Perspective on Psychosis

Published In

Journal of Humanistic Psychology

Document Type

Citation

Publication Date

9-1-2019

Abstract

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.

Description

Copyright © 2019 by SAGE Publications

DOI

10.1177/0022167818762204

Persistent Identifier

https://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/29964

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