Epistemology of Psychiatry

Psychiatry is a performative practice of systemic projection whereby the psychiatrist makes an all-powerful judgment without even needing to consult a second opinion and without any kind of due process. All that is needed for disenfranchising a citizen is for a psychiatrist to physionomistically stigmatize just any human person. This is performative epistemological privilege of power in its purest form.

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What if the psychiatrist is wrong, biased, prejudicial, mean, incompetent, judgmental or even vengeful and jealous such as due to you having slept with his wife? Psychiatry as a tool for totalitarianism was pioneered by the Gestapo, further developed by its Stasi successor and has long been abused by intelligence agencies in countries around the world so as to silence and discredit whistleblowers and anyone disobedient.

In order to unravel this quite totalitarian structure of discourse and power need we first question the epistemological pretensions of the psychiatrist as a walking panopticon. First, the psychiatrist deploys the patriarchal gaze in observing and judging without any due process or self-criticism. Normality is considered the opposite of mental illness in psychiatry and so almost any deviation from prejudicial social norms of e.g. ethnocracy and patriarchy may become stigmatized as ostensibly pathological and therefore “mentally ill”.

The epistemological problem at hand is that the psychiatrist typically has no scientific interest whatsoever in psychologically understanding the experiences of the person before him as his task is divide, judge, determine and select. This was indeed practiced by Dr. Mengele in him his authority as a physician to decide who would be killed and who would be sent to slave labor and in some cases medical experimentation by himself. Psychiatrists don’t have the authority to order executions but they often medicate and/or incarcerate perfectly healthy persons and victims essentially have no recourse to justice since they are no longer believed once psychiatrically stigmatized and thus effectively socially discredited.

Psychiatrists are usually not trained psychologists and are therefore usually simply general physicians who have undergone internship in training to become what are quasi-psychological doctors. This is bizarre because a general medical degree pertains mostly to anatomical issues and without the quite necessary education in psychology that a psychologist certainly has. Therefore why are physicians rather than psychologists trained to become psychiatrists? The explanation is male epistemological privilege as the physician was institutionally invented as a patriarchal professional institution with women acting in subservient professional roles such as nurses and now also as psychologists. In fact, there is no reason whatsoever why not train psychologists rather than physicians to become psychiatrists.

Indeed, psychiatry is essentially a form of applied parapsychology without scientific investigation. How is this so? Indeed, psychiatry claims to understand parapsychological phenomena yet without any pretensions of critical scientific inquiry whatsoever. At least parapsychologists try to understand that which they study while psychiatrists as their demonologist medieval predecessors judge and determine in accordance with paradigm of canonically received opinion which must not be questioned. Scholars in parapsychology are however quickly recruited by the intelligence community since the patriarchal intelligence world exercises power by monopolizing knowledge and keeping others ignorant and in the dark.

Non-human Animals were long prejudicially considered “instinctual automata” and so their modes of communication were never even considered by psychiatric academia. The ancestors of humans were not anatomically equipped to speak yet certainly as other large animals had the ability to learn and memorize words. How is it possible for a Chimpanzee person being able to learn to understand human language without being able to speak? How is it possible that other large Animals have the same cognitive capacity? Why do they have that capacity to learn to memorize many spoken words if language is exclusively spoken and written? There is thus an underlying structural bias of phonocentrism in psychiatric exercise of discourse of power.

How then did the ancestors of humans communicate prior to developing anatomical capacity for expressing those sounds known as “speech” considering that they already had large and well-developed brains and no doubt like all other large Animals were able to think, consider and make decisions for themselves?

While there are many forms of animal communication need we consider the most common form which is known as introjection/projection in psychology. This is subconscious communication, meaning that our brains interact as even blind persons surely are capable of subconscious interpersonal communication. When we react emotionally in interpersonal encounters do we often subconsciously simply introject the emotions of the other person whether as anger, love etc.

No psychologist would question that subconscious communication exists and it would be ridiculous to claim that blind persons lack the ability for subconscious communication considering that their brains are not different from those of non-blind persons. In fact, blind persons are scientifically perfect for scientifically studying subconscious communication even in the absence of visual stimuli.

What then happens if subconscious communication becomes conscious? This is essential to understand as other large Animals (e.g. other Primates) no doubt continue with conscious “subconscious communication” since it was never supplanted by anatomical development of capacity for speech.

What then is it that happens when subconscious communication surfaces and becomes conscious? First that may become severely confusing in causing apparent delusions and second may that become severely psychologically painful as that may certainly involve consciously experiencing emotional processes which other humans only experience subconsciously and thus are largely protected from.

What are for most humans subconscious communication is in contrast to a significant degree conscious in the world of non-human Animals, yet subconscious communication even exists among plants despite them lacking central agency of experience, i.e. central nervous system & brain. This means that subconscious communication made conscious may involve exposure to unwanted subconscious communication e.g. as between psychiatric patients in a mental hospital.

Antipsychotic medication is exclusively geared towards suppressing what is the actually the conscious experience of parts of the subconscious. Yet ought we not instead develop innovative methods so as to be able to train patients in reconstructing and reinforcing the barrier between the conscious and the subconscious? The purpose would be to end subconscious communication being made conscious in ways causing emotional distress, psychological dysfunction and by extension sometimes delusions.

Then how can this be done? Now imagine that you meet a person somewhere in public space trying to quarrel with you. If you are baited will you introject those aggressive emotions as your own much as a skilled seducer will make you experience his emotions as your own. Now instead imagine that you could have an energetic argument or an intimate relationship without emotionally detrimental introjection! There is no question that it is possible to train human persons to avoid emotionally detrimental introjection and hypersensitive persons no doubt very much need such training.

How then is this psychologically possible? We are able to forget, namely repress memory and we do this habitually. What is thus needed is therapeutic intervention so as to train persons in blocking unhelpful introjection whether conscious or subconscious. It is easy for humans to be and even remain indifferent and since we have that cognitive capacity then why not use it to block emotionally harmful introjection? There is no doubt that cognitives abilities of oblivion and indifference can and should be ethico-politically deployed and enhanced so as to lessen and eliminate psychological distress as emanating from emotionally distressful introjection whether subconscious or conscious.

Yet, this is essentially a task for psychologists as physicians are trained in anatomical issues and lack both education and training for even trying to understand rather than judge the experiences of others. It is clear that psychiatry at its current level of development is most clearly a pseudo-science as based on non-knowledge rather than knowledge and non-understanding rather than understanding. Psychiatric patients typically live in great fear of psychiatrists due to the painful and cruel side effects of antipsychotic medication. The tremendous suffering resulting from medication is often far greater than the suffering resulting from subconscious communication being made conscious. Psychiatric diagnosis of ostensible or actual mental illness and especially as combined with antipsychotic medication frequently also causes stigmatization in typically destroying self-esteem and the person’s social confidence.

Let’s therefore make clear that experiences of psychiatric patients are not necessarily delusional although delusions may certainly ensue but rather involve conscious experience of elements of the subconscious, one’s own as well as those of others by means of subconscious communication having been made conscious.

Persons who experience emotional distress to varying degrees from undesirable conscious/subconscious introjection need assistance in learning to prevent unhelpful introjection as we are certainly equipped with the cognitive capacity for doing so by means of oblivion, indifference and other such cognitive abilities. The main purpose of defense mechanisms is indeed to prevent and archive introjection. Much like physical nerves in our hands help us develop traumas that make us protect our hands from harm do defense mechanisms serve the same function of developing protective traumas in order so as to prevent emotionally harmful experiences from reoccurring. Defense mechanisms such as oblivion and indifference help us emotionally cope and avoid unnecessary trauma and so further training cognitive skills so as to emotionally intelligently deploy defense mechanisms so as to avoid unhelpful introjection is precisely an essential psychological medical task indeed.