Sunday, January 21, 2007

Witch-hunting Psychos

I've come across several doctors who think they know it all and once they find out you are from a high-achieving family, especially an Asian-American family, they attribute all of your symptoms to that, including things like arthritis. It's especially annoying coming from white male doctors who the less they know about something (like Asian-Americans) the more they speak with firm conclusion. The logic here is totally the opposite of logic. One would have to assume that high achievement only comes about if there is a tremendous amount of pressure and stress, as if humans are naturally mediocre.

Actually, high achievers are usually high achievers because things come easy to them. In order to achieve less, oftentimes it would actually take more effort to not do what they can do. In addition, high achievers probably feel good about themselves. And really, who has more stress in the world, someone who is high-achieving or someone who is mediocre, competing for the same things?


I took a neuropsychiatric test a few months ago. As an example of how useless (and even harmful) they can be, one of my highest marks was histrionic. I picture someone flaunting their boobs popping out. Has anyone ever seen me with mine popping out (aside from a near mishap during Viennese Ball Opening Committee...)?

And the best part of the neuropsychiatric testing is the logic used when a patient disagrees with the assessment and denies having a problem attributed to them. Pretty much, denial is further evidence of the problem and consistent with the psychological theory. And more evidence of repressed emotions.

Well, gee, those kinds of theories always win! How clever. Whether a person proclaims innocence or guilt, they are guilty. And claiming innocence is further evidence of guilt. Also, everybody must have every infinite repressed emotion, since by definition they're repressed and hiding, some of them very very much. So it's useless to deny having repressed emotions since you can't prove that you don't have them.

And what if you take the test when you actually do have a physical thing causing physical pain? Like arthritis, or a broken leg. You'd be labelled psychosomatic for answers to all the pain questions.