Sunday, February 14, 2010

Racism as a mental issue people have?

An article from The Famuan Online asks the question if racism is a mental disorder. If you read the article let us know your thoughts. I'm not really believing that racism is a mental disorder but I'm also no doctor.

Recently, some psychiatrists argue that the notion deserves a second look. "To continue perceiving extreme racism as normative and not pathologic is to lend it legitimacy. Clearly, anyone who scapegoats a whole group of people and seeks to eliminate them to resolve his or her internal conflicts meets criteria for a delusional disorder, a major psychiatric illness,” said Alvin F. Poussaint, a professor of psychiatry at Harvard University.

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The manual also goes on to say that in order for a syndrome to be classified as a mental illness it must be considered a manifestation of a behavioral, psychological, or biological dysfunction in the individual. Neither deviant behavior nor conflicts that are primarily between the individual and society are mental disorders unless the deviance or conflict is a symptom of a dysfunction in the individual."
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4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Racism is alive and kicking still.
maybe not big like the kkk, but still there in the close minded people who're still out there.
It's so strange , considering that America is a country built on immigration, the new immigrants still get to hear racist comment, mild perhaps, but offensive nonetheless.

Come on people, you're nothing different from the rest of the world. And you beeter wake up, for there is a whole huge world other than here.

Anonymous said...

I doubt it's actually a physical disorder, more something, like a glitch that you brain develops after hearing something repeated again and again. It's a reaction based on what you've been taught.

Anonymous said...

i think racism is one of our big problems in the world today and i think they are stupid to be still racist

Anonymous said...

I don't racism is a mental problem at all, I think it's more of a belief.