a scientific and philosophical rule that entities should not be multiplied unnecessarily which is interpreted as requiring that the simplest of competing theories be preferred to the more complex or that explanations of unknown phenomena be sought first in terms of known quantities
William of Occam (also spelled "Ockham") didn't invent the rule associated with his name. Others had espoused the "keep it simple" concept before that 14th-century philosopher and theologian embraced it, but no one wielded the principle (also known as the law of parsimony) as relentlessly as he did. He used it to counter what he considered the fuzzy logic of his theological contemporaries, and his applications of it inspired 19th-century Scottish philosopher Sir William Hamilton to link Occam with the idea of cutting away extraneous material, giving us the modern name for the principle.
I try to use reputable resources to define words; since words have power! Wikipedia is a user-edited website that literally anyone can edit. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary has been around since 1828 and, in my humble opinion, a better source to define a concept some have disdained (for whatever personal reason).
Hi Michael! Glad to have another local Arizona hypnotherapist jump in the fray!
To be honest, I'm not entirely sure what you are saying, other than the Wikipedia jab. I am well aware of the origin and process of that website, and also know that since others can edit it, the results tend to conform to general thinking. If not, why does it do so well in Google searches? Obviously, many millions of people rely on that information. Besides, in terms of "Occam's Razor" I think you are splitting hairs.
But let's get back to the patient/client. [quote="Michael Bucy, CH"]
YES! Thank you, Barry, for suggesting the possibility of undiagnosed MI/SMI. This could be the first psychotic episode requiring acute intervention by trained specialists. [/quote] [/quote]
Well, I think we all should have enough education in psychology to understand psychosis, and to be able to differentiate someone who is psychotic from someone who is neurotic. So yes, if the practitioner has no idea about the difference, I would agree someone else should be working with that patient. However, mainstream medicine seems to discount completely the whole "voices in my head" phenomenon, and tends to characterize that as psychotic when there are no other indications. In doing so, they ignore the hundreds of well-known writers, song writers and musicians who have talked about the song or words "coming through them" rather than from them! Do you think Paul Simon, Bob Dylan and Paul McCartney are psychotic? I know novelists have gone on record saying similar things, but I can't recall their names off the top of my head.
So yes, I am skeptical of some of those "Serious Mental Illness" diagnoses. Since you used the term, I'm sure you know that here in Arizona that applies also to anxiety disorders, PTSD and other non-psychotic conditions. And yes, I do feel qualified to tell the difference between someone who is psychotic. If you question that, please check out the Credentials page of my website. I tried to do that with you, but alas your website only has one page "in progress" I guess.
I also outlined how I have helped at least one patient, actually multiple patients, who were diagnosed as psychotic or prescribed anti-psychotic meds. And, as we know, hypnotherapy isn't useful for truly psychotic people, so how did I do that? If you don't know that the traditional medical establishment is OWNED by the pharmaceutical companies, I suggest that you do some research on that topic!
You can start here:
"Who will Guard the Guardians of Psychiatry"
"Depression is NOT a Chemical Imbalance"
The first is written by a retired psychologist, and the second is commented on by a family physician who treated "thousands of depressed patients."
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