Becoming Psychiatrists: The Professional Transformation of Self(S2699)

by Donald Light | Health, Mind & Body |
ISBN: 0393000788 Global Overview for this book
Registered by SAMMY-SAMSEL of St. Louis, Missouri USA on 4/14/2006
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Journal Entry 1 by SAMMY-SAMSEL from St. Louis, Missouri USA on Friday, April 14, 2006
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429pp including index
published, 1980

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This book describes the transformation of young doctors into psychiatrists and therapists. Based on extensive firsthand observations of how today’s leading psychiatrists have been trained, it explores how that training shaped their values and biases. Here in their own words, young resident psychiatrists describe the pain and struggle they experience in trying to help the emotionally disturbed. Bewildered by the sudden shift from physically ill to mentally disturbed patients, they must gain control or risk embarrassment in therapy. The author analyzes the ways in which they cope with uncertainty in their work and shows how their relationships with supervisors can feed their narcissism and desire for omnipotence (suggesting that the insensitivity and arrogance of some psychiatrists and other professionals may have its roots in their training).

Suicide is another important issue addressed in these pages. As specially trained physicians, psychiatrists should be experts in handling the suicidal. But the author presents evidence which shows that many psychiatrists have such weak training in suicide care that their treatment actually may increase patients’ suicidal tendencies.

Although psychiatric diagnoses often prove inaccurate, psychiatrists have the power to label patients insane and have them incarcerated. Yet little attention has been paid to how psychiatrists become confident enough to act as agents of social control. Here Donald Light describes that process. He also uncovers four systems of diagnosis that reflect the social purposes for which they are used.

In addition to being essential reading for everyone seriously interested in psychiatry, BECOMING PSYCHIATRISTS will also interest educators and those concerned with professional training, for it examines and extends major theories of how adults learn and internalize new social roles.

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