Coverage of Rosenhan’s “On Being Sane in Insane Places” in Keywords David Rosenhan, abnormal psychology, textbook analysis, labeling. Being Sane in Insane Places. D. L. ROSENHAN. If sanity and insanity exist, how shall we know them? The question is neither capricious nor itself insane. David L. Rosenhan. On Being Sane in Insane Places. If sanity and insanity exist, how shall we know them? The question is neither capricious nor itself insane.

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Data on early morning nurses, who arrived usually after midnight and departed at 8 a. They are the natural offspring of the labels patients wear and the places in which they are found.

On being sane in insane places

Rosenhan agreed and in the following weeks out of new patients the staff identified 41 as potential pseudopatients, with 2 of these receiving suspicion from at least one psychiatrist and one other staff member.

Such labels, conferred by mental health professionals, are as influential on the patient as they are on his relatives and friends, and it should not surprise anyone that the diagnosis acts on all of them as a self-fulfilling prophecy. Too few psychiatrists and psychologists, even those who have worked in such hospitals, know what the experience is like. This page was last edited on 20 Novemberat What are the origins of depersonalization?

First are attitudes held by all of us toward the mentally ill — including those who treat them — attitudes characterized by fear, distrust, and horrible expectations on the one hand, and benevolent intentions on the other.

It turns out, the experimenter actually sent no pseudo patients that time.

On Being Sane in Insane Places

Unlike the other experiments listed here, however, the aim of this experiment was not to criticize the diagnostic process, but to minimize the stigmatization of the mentally ill. The average time that the patients spent in the hospital was 19 days. Judgments were obtained on patients who were admitted for psychiatric treatment. Avoidance and depersonalization may. The hospital itself imposes a special environment in which the meaning of behavior can easily be misunderstood.


Apart from giving false names and employment details, further biographical details were truthfully reported. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Even today, there are many different models of mental illness, none of which are perfect or upon which are universally agreed. Science portal Medicine portal Psychiatry portal Psychology portal.

The hierarchical organization of the psychiatric hospital has been commented on before, but the latent meaning of that kind of organization is worth noting again. Each staff member was asked to rate each patient who presented himself at admissions or on the ward according to the likelihood that the patient was a pseudopatient. The data I have presented do not do justice to the rich daily encounters that grew up around matters of depersonalization and avoidance.

Today, psychopathology is still very subjective and arguably as much of an art as it is a science, with questionable criteria as to what is considered a mental “illness” or not. Forty-one patients were alleged, with high confidence, to be pseudopatients by at least one member of the staff.

On being sane in insane places by David Rosenhan. Krista Michelle marked it as to-read Apr 08, Although both course options are self-paced, you can choose from self-evaluated and instructor-evaluated options.

Kyle Johnstone marked it as to-read Dec 08, Those who were in mental health professions alleged another occupation in order to avoid the special attentions that might daivd accorded by staff, as insanf matter of courtesy or caution, to ailing colleagues. The facts of the matter are that we have known for a long time that diagnoses are often not useful or reliable, but we have nevertheless continued to use them. Rather, the reverse occurred: I have records of patients who were beaten by staff for the sin of having initiated verbal contact.


How many have feigned insanity in order to avoid the criminal consequences of their behavior, and, conversely, how many would rather stand trial than live interminably in a psychiatric hospital — but are wrongly thought to be olaces ill?

Beyond the tendency to call the healthy sick — a tendency that accounts better for diagnostic behavior on admission than it does for such behavior after a lengthy period of exposure — the data speak to the massive role of labeling in psychiatric assessment. Aliza marked it as to-read Sep 17, It aimed to illustrate that people with a previous diagnosis of a mental illness could live normal lives with their health problems not obvious to observers from their behavior.

Psychiatric diagnoses, in this view, rosenhzn in the minds of observers and are not fosenhan summaries of characteristics displayed by the observed. Those with the most power have the least to do with dagid, and those with the least power are the most involved with them. This study was criticized on ethical grounds for the deceit to the different medical staffs, especially by the people who were ib. While listening to a lecture by R. Consider the structure of the typical psychiatric hospital.

I and the other pseudopatients in the psychiatric setting had distinctly negative reactions. All of them employed pseudonyms, lest their alleged diagnoses embarrass them later. He cannot initiate contact with the staff, but may only respond to placs overtures as they make.

In a secondary study, a hospital was expecting some pseudo patients to be sent, and their staff identified 41 possible suspects whom they thought were not mentally ill.

Not merely depressing, but frightening. Trivia About On being sane in A diagnosis of cancer that has been found to be in error is cause for celebration.