History of Madness – Track 10

Professor Keirsey had his lecture course on Madness taped on cassettes in 1982.  This post is the tenth 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.”


Dr. David West Keirsey

Track 9: The Temperament Basis of Madness

Track 10:

Pride and Shame: reciprocals.

Each of us has a standard of Achievement impose upon ourselves.
If we fail to live up to that standard, we feel shame.

Then, We look for evidence that others hold us in low-esteem.
That’s when the Game begins.

This course is about The Fall.  The fall from grace, from good fortune, from luck, favor, fame, good name,acclaim, success, position, power.  All these losses comprising a measure of the human capacity to go to hell. Hell is the metaphor for illness of mind. Torment we mete.  And torment that is meted to us. Fall is to fail. Fail is to be ashamed. Shame makes us do insane things. Others respond in kind.  We are in hell.   

We are proud of our intelligence.   If we have doubt about our intelligence, then we begin to behave in a tactical way.

The four values.

Value/Ability Theory.

The Double Bind

Track 11a

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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