Strange or Just Plain Weird? Cultural Variation in Mental Illness

Theres an old saying that psychology has two model organisms: the rat and the American college student. As research subjects rats are fine, the problem is that that Americans are, as evolutionary psychologistJoe Henrichand his colleagues recently pointed out,WEIRD. That is, theyre Western, Educated, Industrialised, Rich and Democratic. In fact, most westerners are WEIRD, but Americans are the WEIRDest of all. Dominic Murphy, University of Sydney.
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Read theoriginal article, the third in a series (“Matters of Mind”) examining the DSM, and the controversy surrounding the forthcoming fifth edition.

Part one: Explainer What is the DSM and how are mental disorders diagnosed?

Part two: Forget talking, just fill a script: How modern psychiatry lost its mind.


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