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Book Title: Eccentrics: A Study of Sanity and Strangeness|
The author of the book: David Weeks
Date of issue: October 15th 1996
ISBN 13: 9781568361567
Format files: PDF
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I am grateful to the service user who gave this book to the Consultant Psychiatrist that I was working with a couple of years ago. I found it interesting and bought my own copy.
This book is a product of psychological research on over a thousand eccentrics. It is an absolute joy to read. It is packed with facts and quotes with some interesting details about people from history that I did not know. Some descriptions are very funny and some you would think are just unbelievable.
The authors state that most psychiatrists and psychologists have very little direct experience with eccentrics and that they are unlikely to diagnose harmless eccentricity even when it might be obvious because the mental health services are overwhelmingly geared toward identifying and treating diseases. They found no direct link between eccentricity and mental illness and that they generally are more happy and live longer healthier lives than the so called normals. There is a lot that we could all learn from eccentrics in general.
The book celebrates eccentricity and indirectly talks about the wide range of human thinking and behaviour. It made me think about what is normal, what is illness/disorder and made me wonder if we have as a society crafted a very narrow concept of normality. Are the social media forcing people to conform to this normality? It reminds me of the tyranny of the majority that John Stuart Mill had talked about.
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