We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
How do you carve nature at its joints, when there are no joints? This is good, from Sailer: If race doesn't exist ... He quotes:
...as any psychiatrist involved in the making of the D.S.M. will freely tell you, the disorders listed in the book are not “real diseases,” at least not like measles or hepatitis. Instead, they are useful constructs that capture the ways that people commonly suffer. The manual, they go on, was primarily written to give physicians, schooled in the language of disease, a way to recognize similarities and differences among their patients and to talk to one another about them. And it has been fairly successful at that.
“The D.S.M. has been taken too seriously,” another expert told me. “It’s the victim of its success.”
What the DSM replaced was a nightmare that destroyed people's lives. I came into the field in 1978 (first training in 1972), when people still believed in schizophrenigenic mothers, or cold rejecting mothers of autistic children; that girls fantacised incest and when they reported it it shouldn't be taken literally; that depression had no physical causes, only emotional and decisional ones.
Assistant VIllage Idiot
That may be so A.V. Idiot, but when I read about the DSM labeling rebellious children as having Oppositional- Defiant Disorder or hearing of therapists wanting to label pedophile predators as having some disorder, I cringe.
The DSM will be considerablyy simplified when Obamacare has been fully implemented and death buyouts become available to those willing to (literally) cash out early. It will be for the benefit of the children . . . .