Professor Keirsey had his lecture course on Madness taped on cassettes in 1982. This post is the eighth 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 Wholistic View.
Wheeler’s Laws of Human Nature
Law of Equal Finality: forms – patterns — unity (shape of our actions)
Law of Differentiation (heterogenity) “unwholes progressively” “unfolds”. Expanding. Never loses unity.
Categories, Kinds of Patterns.
Uniqueness AND Similarity.
Necessary and sufficient conditions under which the event occurs.
Environment (the field).
Descartes Mind-Body “problem”
Problem is self-defeating.
The “mind” trap. Reification.