ABSTRACT

This chapter looks more closely at just those behaviours listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) and make suggestions for how bad life situations might have shifted them from being ordinary behaviours to become exaggerated, the only behaviours available, and getting locked into life so as to become chronic. From the DSM and psychiatric perspective, the brain diseases of ‘mental illness’ lead to specific and unique behaviours that should not change over time except to get more extreme. While moods are ‘explained’ in psychology as internal states that originate within us, for the approach they have been shaped functionally to do things to people like most other behaviour. Language issues take up a large part of the DSM, even though they are only talked about abstractly as ‘internal cognitive processing’ or ‘thought disorders’.