How can we expect borderline personality disorder patients to trust mental health services when the staff don’t trust them?

Psychiatric staff demonstrably move away from and feel less emotionally connected to people who have been given this label ( iStock/Getty ) Establishing trust is a huge ask for patients who have experience damage at the hands of others. Yet we punish psychiatric patients by giving them a label that enables others to carry on treating them like dirt by Jay Watts I am struggling with a paradox. How come theories of borderline personality disorder (BPD) recognise that there may be good historic reasons for mistrusting figures of authority, yet brutally insist on submission to certain potentially quite toxic ideas to … Continue reading How can we expect borderline personality disorder patients to trust mental health services when the staff don’t trust them?

The master and slave moralities: what Nietzsche really meant

Greek examples of the warlike, master class and Jesus Christ, the champion of the slave morality  by SCOTTY HENDRICKS Why do we say that helping other people is good? Why do we assume that egotistical actions are evil? After all, wouldn’t acting egotistically be good for us? These are some of the questions Nietzsche tries to answer in his book On the Genealogy of Morality. After reviewing some absurd answers that were offered in his day, Nietzsche rejects them and starts anew, with the goals not only of answering that question, but of determining where the ideas of good, bad, and evil even … Continue reading The master and slave moralities: what Nietzsche really meant

Caves all the way down

A shaman-healer prepares for an Ayahuasca ceremony in La Calera, Cundinamarca. Photo by Eitan Abramovic/AFP/Getty Do psychedelics give access to a universal, mystical experience of reality, or is that just a culture-bound illusion? by Jules Evans is policy director at the Centre for the History of the Emotions at Queen Mary, University of London. He is the author of Philosophy for Life and Other Dangerous Situations (2013) and The Art of Losing Control: A Philosopher’s Search for Ecstatic Experience(2017). Published in association with The Queen Mary Centre for the History of the Emotions an Aeon Partner In case you hadn’t noticed, we’re in the middle … Continue reading Caves all the way down