Thank you for your summary of this book Alejo - I'd not heard of it before and I'll definitely be adding it to my - already very tall - pile of 'books to read'!
Now, I could be mis-remembering the details, but this idea seems to chime quite nicely with Timothy Wilson's idea of 'seeing ourselves through the eyes of others' in order to come to a better self-understanding; to determine our true motivations.If we look at ourselves and our behavior in life, in any given situation, first what are we trying to communicate and where does it come from? Are we aware? Second, how is this message being received by others, is our behavior sincerely expressing the truth or is it being distorted by how we go about communicating our inner realities, whatever they may be. Is it hurting someone else?
This made me think of the trend in diagnosing children with ADHD that I've seen a lot of in my professional life. I'm not trying to suggest that ADHD is a condition that has been invented, just that the inevitable consequences of such a diagnosis are prescriptions of pharmaceutical drugs and the labelling of the child as 'difficult to handle', a label that follows them around and often serves to colour the assumptions of those around the child.Now the DSM makes illnesses something the industry simply invents rather than discover. This gives great powers over the lives of millions to a small select group who determine what is medically valid, what is medical practice and what isn’t and whoever steps out of it suffers the consequences. Big Pharma at the core of treating the human spirit is a recipe for disaster, and it’s already visible.