An Ecological Approach to Mental Health

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…how come we so often ignore to consider that many mental issues that arise (such as phobias, anxieties, bad habits, low self-esteem) are learned behaviors, not causes of a biological disturbance…

…the 2008 American Psychological Association President Stephen Sharfstein released a statement saying psychiatrists had “allowed the biopsychosocial model to become the bio-bio-bio model.”

…We need to also accept that first and foremost psychology is a social science; we need to study humans in the context of their whole environment and being, not just inside their brains.

Right on! In his latest book, which I highly recommend, Alva Noë concurs that we are not just ours brains, but rather, embodied brains interacting with a complex environment. The difference sounds like mere semantics, but it makes all the difference in the world!

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