Monday, October 2, 2017

Human Rights Competency #3-2: Assesses for Unmet Human Needs

Ok.  Here's the point:

'Mental Illness' portends to be about 'faulty thinking'

So how do you know if someone's thinking is faulty?

Well, first and foremost...

You have to know why they are doing what they are doing

Here's the long and short of it:

  1. Human needs are about human survival
  2. Human rights are about the survival needs  that human beings care about the most
  3. If you can't access what you care about, it feels bad
  4. If you have to chase what you care about, it takes a lot of energy
  5. If you feel bad enough or chase long enough, eventually it shows.

Here's the problem with the medical model:

It never asks the questions that people care about the most.

It just:

  • Looks at what someone is doing
  • Compares it with a check list
  • And ticks off boxes...

Poof!   -  You are 'ill'.

That is 'faulty thinking.' 

By it's own standards, the medical model is 'mentally ill'


Hopefully, the clinician you are seeing has higher standards.

This question helps you make your own assessment.

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