ABSTRACT

Psychology and psychiatry have been dominated since their inception in the late 1800s by using the common-sense way of explaining human behaviour: appealing to something or someone inside of us. But the social contextual logic or thinking pulls this further apart by getting rid of the groupings altogether from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. The ways of surviving or escaping bad situations not only include ‘mental health’ behaviours, but also the uses of violence, ‘criminal’ activities, excessive or dependent drug use, leaving the situation and social relationships altogether and starting again, becoming alternative, exploitation of other people, or just ‘putting up with it’, even if not happy. The traditional view of thinking is that of ‘processes’ going on inside the head that originate internally even though the original ‘input’ was actually from outside the person.