Coverage of Rosenhan’s “On Being Sane in Insane Places” in Keywords David Rosenhan, abnormal psychology, textbook analysis, labeling. Being Sane in Insane Places. D. L. ROSENHAN. If sanity and insanity exist, how shall we know them? The question is neither capricious nor itself insane. David L. Rosenhan. On Being Sane in Insane Places. If sanity and insanity exist, how shall we know them? The question is neither capricious nor itself insane.

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On Being Sane In Insane Places

It seemed not to occur to him that there were very few things to anticipate in a psychiatric hospital besides eating. Dvid the sanity of such pseudopatients were always detected, there would be prima facie evidence that a sane individual can be distinguished from the insane context in which he is found.

There are probably other sources. To a group of young residents he indicated that such behavior was characteristic of the oral-acquisitive nature of the syndrome. The pseudopatient spoke to patients and staff as he might ordinarily.

Our ambivalence leads, in this instance as in others, to avoidance.

But that they affect the professionals — attendants, nurses, physicians, psychologists and rsoenhan workers — who treat and deal with the mentally ill is more disconcerting, both because such attitudes are self-evidently pernicious and because they are unwitting. Subsequently, he informed the staff that he was applying for admission to graduate school in psychology and was very likely to be admitted, since a graduate professor was one of his regular hospital visitors.


Staff have their own living space, including their dining facilities, bathrooms, and assembly places.

If, on the other hand, the sanity of the pseudopatients were never discovered, serious difficulties would arise for roesnhan who support traditional modes of psychiatric diagnosis. Some attendants were prone to verbal and physical abuse of patients when other staff were not present.

On being sane in insane places by David Rosenhan

Embla Frydenlund marked it as to-read Mar 24, Powerlessness was evident everywhere. To a group of young residents he indicated that such behavior was characteristic of the oral-acquisitive nature of the syndrome.

Later afternoon and night nurses were even less available, emerging on the average 9. Biopsychiatry controversy Controversy surrounding psychiatry Critical psychiatry Hearing Voices Movement History of mental disorders Involuntary commitment Involuntary treatment Martha Mitchell effect Medical ethics Medicalization medical model Outline of the psychiatric survivors movement Political abuse of psychiatry Psychiatric survivors movement Psychiatry: For others, directly experiencing the impact of psychiatric hospitalization will be of enormous use.

All were forced to admit to having a mental illness and had to agree to take antipsychotic drugs as a condition of their release. In reality, Rosenhan had sent no pseudopatients; all patients suspected as impostors by the hospital staff were ordinary patients.

On Being Sane in Insane Places

Personal privacy is minimal. Kety in a criticism of Rosenhan’s study: Roosenhan Michelle marked it as to-read Apr 08, If admitted, the pseudopatients were instructed to “act normally,” reporting that they felt fine and no longer heard voices.

There was also a significant reduction in the number of admissions to the hospital. Dec 09, Mommalibrarian rated it really liked it Shelves: Apart from giving false names and employment details, further biographical details were truthfully reported.

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The average amount of time spent by attendants outside of the cage was That such a variety of medications should have been administered to patients presenting identical symptoms is itself worthy of note. In this vein, psychiatrist Robert Spitzer quoted Seymour S.

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First are attitudes held by all of us toward the mentally ill — including those who treat them — attitudes characterized sqne fear, distrust, and horrible expectations on inssne one hand, and benevolent intentions on the other. It is depressing to consider how that information will be used. I told friends, I told my family: It suggested that the use of community mental health facilities which concentrated on specific problems and behaviors rather than psychiatric labels might be a solution, and recommended education to make psychiatric workers more aware of the social psychology of their facilities.

But while treatment has improved, it is doubtful that people really regard the mentally ill in the same way that they view the physically ill. If no questions were asked of the pseudopatients, how was their writing interpreted?

The encounter frequently took the following bizarre form: Minor differences between these four institutions were overwhelmed by the degree to which staff avoided continuing contacts that patients had initiated. asne