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February 09, 2008

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JD you should make these three posts into an article for publication (not that you aren't publishing now). I read all three competency posts and they are about the clearest explanation I've seen, just as someone who isn't involved in the system.

Standing back from the whole thing, I guess I just wonder if our penal system isn't really just warehousing everyone who has issues. I mean, not that being a criminal = psychological problems always, but clearly even if people are competent and not insane, there is something wrong. I don't know if our diagnostic manuals have words or systems for this yet, but to me, a part of the brain is just "unplugged" sometimes - and prevents people from having any insight into their own behavior.

I was looking for videos for my "tv" station, and came across this lecture on anosognosia -- here's my summary with a link to the video:
http://neurologicalcorrelates.com/wordpress/2008/02/04/why-dr-kaczynski-may-believe-theres-nothing-wrong-with-him-anasognosia
Here's the link to the video , which is like almost 2 hours long (but really interesting if you keep it minimized while you are doing something else)
http://psychoanalysttv.wordpress.com/2008/02/02/denial-of-mental-illness-dr-xavier-amador-151

So, of course, when I learn a new thing, it's the hammer, and then everything else becomes a nail. So I wonder if the least-common-denominator of *all* anti-social behavior is this failure to have insight into one's own behavior (anosognosia).


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