Professor Keirsey had his lecture course on Madness taped on cassettes in 1982. This post is the fourth (there was no third) audio track. More audio tracks will follow.
Track 1: The beginning of History of Madness lecture course
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: which he called at the time, “Wholistic Theory of Madness” based social field theory and Temperament.
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.”
The revolting Freud. Madness is defensive.
“These strange antics were seen as functional. The mad act had a job to do. It served a purpose. It had an end. It was manufactured by the person to accomplish something.” …
“This behavior makes sense. … It’s a message. … The reason is to protect ourselves.” …
“Do we protect ourselves, this consciously, …? No, It’s all unconscious.”
“People do crazy things to protect themselves.”
— Dr. David West Keirsey
Freud added that defensive behavior was to protect the “libido.”
The steps toward the Wholistic Theory of Madness.
Adler: Defense of Pride (Self-Esteem, Self-Regard). The start of the social theory of madness. Kretschmer: Schizophrenic and Cyclothymic. Sheldon. Character theory of madness.
Bateson and Haley: Toward a Theory of Schizophrenia. Social field theory of Madness.