The History of Madness — Track 1

Professor Keirsey had his lecture course on Madness taped in 1982.  This is the first audio track.  More audio tracks will follow.

He surveys the idea of madness “as far back as we can go”.  At the end of the course, he talks a little about his theory of madness.

Once asked what was the most important thing he wanted people to get from his work, he said:

“I want people to understand that there is no such thing as madness.”

david_keirsey_in_libraryThe Medium Blog has the transcript of the track.

I should have prefaced what I’m saying with this counsel.  As long as you make yourself talk about behavior, which is to say what people do, and not talk about -except parenthetically – what’s going on inside, then there will be very little problem of communication and mutual understanding.  It’s when people start talking about things that cannot be seen.  For instance, desires, motives, feelings, thoughts, egos, ids and that sort of thing.  When we talk to each other about these fictions, then we stop understanding each other because we have no understanding of what the other guy’s talking about or have very little assurance that we’re using the same words in the same way.  I will speak to you at length, perhaps ad nauseam on the problem of words in the domain of madness.

History of Madness, Track 2

The Medium Blog has the transcript of the track.

About Keirsey

Dr. David Mark Keirsey is a scientist that is interested in how and why the world works. The first half of his professional career was as a Computer Scientist, specializing in Artificial Intelligence. Notably, he was part of a team who created the software for the first operation of an autonomous cross-country robotic vehicle. In the current latter part of his career, he has broaden his interest to include all of science, mathematics, computation, and the history and future of the world. His plan is to write at least three books, two of which are tentatively called Mathematics Itself and Existence Itself. The third is a book on Leadership. Currently he is part of a web-based company, to develop interactive team and human personality tools based on his father's best-selling work on human temperament. He is a Architect Rational in temperament.
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