Connecting the Dots: The Mystery of Single Personality Disorder
At first glance, a disorder with this name might easily appear ridiculous. But IDEAS contributor Barbara Nichol, in conversation with host Paul Kennedy, describes the thinking behind the syndrome -- and the logic which takes SPD from punch-line to paradigm, and an intriguing new model of the human personality.
Participants in the program:
Edward Shorter is a professor of psychiatry at The University of Toronto and holds the History of Medicine Chair in the faculty of medicine at The University of Toronto. He's published extensively the history of psychiatry. His most recent book is What Psychiatry Left Out of the DSM-5: Historical Mental Disorders Today.
Paul McHugh is the University Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry and formerly (1975-2001) Henry Phipps Professor of Psychiatry, Director of the Department of Psychiatry, and Psychiatrist-in-Chief at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Hospital.
John J. Ratey, MD, is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He has published over 60 peer-reviewed articles on the topics of Aggression, Autism, ADHD, and other issues in Neuropsychiatry, and written 8 books published in 14 languages. With the publication of his latest book, Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and The Brain, (2008), Dr. Ratey has established himself as a leading expert in the brain-fitness connection.Dr. Ratey maintains a private practice in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and is currently working on a new book examining our genetic roots and the influence on our psychology in a modern world, titled, Go Wild to be published by Little Brown, June, 2014.
Michael Ondaatje is Michael Ondaatje.
Barbara Nichol is very grateful to all of the above.
What's true and what's not:
No-one out there has proposed the idea of Single Personality Disorder or the Co-Existing Personality Model.
There was no Karen M. or a diagnosis of "Twinlessness."
The Latin terms were invented.
There is no such book as: The Gods Within Us.
Rotational therapy did exist and was conjured up by Darwin's grandfather.