Schizophrenia: the Positive Perspective: In Search of Dignity for Schizophrenic People

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Schizophrenia: The Positive Perspective counters a century-long tradition which has searched relentlessly for the critical deficits and dysfunctions in schizophrenic people. Peter Chadwick, who has himself suffered from the illness, shows that such people can demonstrate elevated creativity, empathy and social sensitivity and are by no means as irrational and misguided as is commonly thought.

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Overview

Schizophrenia: The Positive Perspective counters a century-long tradition which has searched relentlessly for the critical deficits and dysfunctions in schizophrenic people. Peter Chadwick, who has himself suffered from the illness, shows that such people can demonstrate elevated creativity, empathy and social sensitivity and are by no means as irrational and misguided as is commonly thought.

The author presents the fascinating case studies of some schizophrenics with whom he has worked. Using autobiography, biography, psychometric and experimental methods, he reveals areas of enhanced functioning in those vulnerable to the schizophrenia label, and argues for a much more positive picture of the schizophrenia-prone mind.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780415142878
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/28/1997
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

List of figures and tables
Preface
1 Introduction 1
2 The schizophrenic credit so far: empirical findings and conceptual issues 8
3 A journey beyond the Self 24
4 Hospital life while psychotic 38
5 Hospital life when sane 47
Appendix: Some hints and advice for recovering patients who would like to research their own condition 55
6 Desmond: comedian mystic 62
7 Ivo: a butterfly among bulls 75
8 Deanna: thunder from 'Elsewhere' 91
9 Reflections on the Borderliners' biographies 106
10 Experimental studies: the rationale 117
11 Experimental studies: results and analyses 128
12 Implications for therapy I: learning from patients and the public 144
13 Implications for therapy II: some specific problems 153
14 Conclusions 167
App. I Half man, half boat, the mind of the Borderline Normal 173
App. II 3-4 test of associative thinking and hypothesis testing, with answers 180
Notes 184
Bibliography 189
Name index 211
Subject index 217
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