A couple of days ago I attended a seminar called “Toxic People:Living and Working With High-Conflict Individuals”. It was put on by “The institute for brain potential” and the iteration I saw was a one man show staring one Joseph Shannon from Columbus Ohio. The seminar was a professional development seminar for health professionals. I apparently earned several continuing education credits that can be used for several certifications.
Shannon is a clinical Psychologist and his entertaining all-day lecture included a tour through some of the poor parenting styles that star in the DSM 4. I couldn’t help but catch myself continually thinking how I was guilty of each infraction which would subtly kick my children onto a bottomless pit filled with psychosis and schizophrenia.
I should have taken notes, but with the DSM 5 coming out next year the exact specifications of the damage my parenting has caused will be enhanced by more modern methods of diagnosis.
I was actually somewhat struck by how much neuroscience is used in modern psychology. Instead of the magic black box of my youth the brain now has parts and extracted chemicals. Each of these has some sort of function which ties together sets of symptoms.
I’m sure that eventually the neuroscience will sound more like a source of knowledge rather than an interesting justification for what smart people already know. I wonder what that will look like.