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1.0 out of 5 stars literary narrative, 12 April 2011
This review is from: The Successful Self (Paperback)
My only concern with this otherwise good book is that the chapter on mental ill health defines the various conditions as a choice on the part of the sufferer, and ignores genetic or neurophysiological factors.

Theories such as this are not scientific as such, even if Rowe is a psychologist, and should be read as literary narratives. If mental ill health is seen to be wholly a choice, this adds to the stigma against sufferers, who are often bewildered by what is happening to them.

With no hard and fast answers in this field in general, it is generally best to refrain from ascribing blame for complex and partially understood conditions.
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Initial post: 6 Feb 2015 18:31:11 GMT
If you thought the book was otherwise good, why only give it one star? And where's your evidence for genetic or neurophysiological factors? If you read more carefully you will realize that Rowe's theory of personal constructs acknowledges that we make choices only on the basis of the information we have at the time, and that giving more or better information can broaden your scope of choices. As someone in recovery from "mental illness" I can tell you that her approach is more liberating and less stigmatizing that the "it's in your genes" hype of which you seem to approve, but of which I have had a bellyful.
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