The Pillars of Madness: Part I, Temperament Base of Madness

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THE PILLARS OF MADNESS

There are four extraordinarily useful ideas amid the massive tangle of publications on madness, these contributed by four men of genius in the practice of studying and changing seemingly irrational human actions—

[1] THE TEMPERAMENT BASE OF MADNESS (ERNST KRETSCHMER)
[2] DISTRACTING AUTOMATISMS (PIERRE JANET)
[3] ROLE CASTING CONTROL (JAY HALEY)
[4] DISARMING CONFESSIONS (ALFRED ADLER)

[1] The Temperament Base of Madness

We first began to understand madness in the middle of the 16th century. Before that time madness was believed to be due to godly whims, or to the influence of stars and planets, or to the workings of the Fates, or to the malfunctions of the flesh. Paracelsus, a 16th century Swiss medic, in his book Diseases that Deprive Man of His Reason (1567), said “we must not forget to explain the origin of diseases which deprive man of his reason, as we know…

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