History of Madness – Track 6

Professor Keirsey had his lecture course on Madness taped on cassettes in 1982.  This post is the sixth audio track.  Some parts of the lectures are missing.  But, 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.”


Dr. David West Keirsey

Track 5: Disorders of Communication

Track 6:

The last part of elementalism
Role theory: Adler, Moreno, Sullivan, Kelly, Ellis, Berne
Programs, Drama, Game, Script, Lifeline

Eric Berne: Hydraulics and Electronic.  Robot Theory.

Elements cause behavior.  The person is programmed not relevant to the situation.  One flaw, the “crazy” is not listening to feedback.

Bateson, Haley

Wholistic Theory: opposite of elementalism.

There is a system: Gestalt.

No causal elements.  Polarity

Self Actualization – Kurt Goldstein

Changing and staying the same.  Self distribution.  Self regulation.

Tape recording (Elron Hubbard – never abandoned metaphor )

The elementalists [Freud, Jung, Adler, etc.] never decoded their metaphors into things you can see.  “Freud’s fiction”  Attractor elements, Integrator elements.

Track 7

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, Keirsey.com 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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