What is mental health?
Started by parsonstreet, 24th March 2019 18:08 in Religion & Philosophy

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    Default What is mental health?

    I think there is a problem with defining a healthy mind for various conceptual reasons.

    Take a comparison. The heart appears to have a purpose (this kind of functional and goal orientated behaviour has been called "teleology")

    A heart functions if it successfully pumps blood around the body.

    But is not clear what the goal of the human mind or the human is. It is also problematic that the mind is hidden and subjective.

    Mental illnesses do not often have clear brain correlations. So for example mental illness is rarely diagnosed if ever by brain scans or biochemical measures but just by talking to psychiatrists and behavioral observations.

    The most reductive view of human purpose is that everything revolves around on reproducing our genes successfully.
    People with this perspective give an evolutionary role for most behaviour and how it aids reproduction such as claiming musical ability and dancing and intelligence are traits to attract a mate.
    There are easy objections to this paradigm however.
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    Dordie?

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    Mental illness is also the easiest one to fake!

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    Mental illness is not being as others expect you to be
    I'm a low educated, total guttersnipe, dim witted moron.

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    Perfect Mental Health is Not Possible.

    Everyone on the Planet has some sort of Phobia, Mania or Obsession that makes them have some sort of Mental Disorder.


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    Blue badge anyone?
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    parsonstreet
    I think there is a problem with defining a healthy mind for various conceptual reasons.

    Take a comparison. The heart appears to have a purpose (this kind of functional and goal orientated behaviour has been called "teleology")

    A heart functions if it successfully pumps blood around the body.

    But is not clear what the goal of the human mind or the human is. It is also problematic that the mind is hidden and subjective.

    Mental illnesses do not often have clear brain correlations. So for example mental illness is rarely diagnosed if ever by brain scans or biochemical measures but just by talking to psychiatrists and behavioral observations.

    The most reductive view of human purpose is that everything revolves around on reproducing our genes successfully.
    People with this perspective give an evolutionary role for most behaviour and how it aids reproduction such as claiming musical ability and dancing and intelligence are traits to attract a mate.
    There are easy objections to this paradigm however.
    Bloody hell.............you don't half blab on parson. If you would put half your energy into doing something productive .......
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    FAO Superwoman:
    What have You Done Recently that was Productive besides Playing BC Forums Arcade where You have several Crowns?

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    I think the Most Disruptive Mental Disorder has to be where someone has Paranoid Delusions.


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    superwoman
    Bloody hell.............you don't half blab on parson. If you would put half your energy into doing something productive .......
    Exactly.
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