Here’s a 2018 article from two researchers involved in the Dunedin (New Zealand) Longitudinal Study. They coauthored many studies, including People had the same personalities at age 26 that they had at age 3.
The paper’s grand hypothesis was:
“A single dimension is able to measure a person’s liability to mental disorder, comorbidity among disorders, persistence of disorders over time, and severity of symptoms.”
The coauthors partially based this on:
“Repeated diagnostic interviews carried out over 25 years, when the research participants were 11, 13, 15, 18, 21, 26, 32, and 38 years old, and include information about seven diagnostic groups: anxiety, depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, conduct disorder, substance dependence, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.”
https://ajp.psychiatryonline.org/doi/full/10.1176/appi.ajp.2018.17121383 “All for One and One for All: Mental Disorders in One Dimension” (not freely available)
More about the coauthors:
Two psychologists followed 1000 New Zealanders for decades. Here’s what they found about how childhood shapes later life
“Dunedin and other studies show that most people have at least one episode of mental illness during their lifetime.”
What compels people to manufacture “universal” truths? Aren’t such beliefs poor substitutes for feeling? For understanding historical, factual, personal truths?
What if the price we pay for avoiding and pressuring down our feelings is: A wasted life?
What if the grand hypothesis worth proving is: For one’s life to have meaning, each individual has to regain their feelings?
3 thoughts on “Fear of feeling?”
Late last year you quoted someone as saying something like – having a single cure for most of mankinds problems is a bit hard to believe. (such as Primal Therapy offers). I have not been able to locate the original blog so can you remember that particular blog.
Happy New Year Gil!
Maybe it was a blog post like:
that referenced the page on how difficult it is for people to change their own phenotype?
“It’s unlikely that people can therapeutically resolve underlying causes if the timing, duration, and intensity of efforts are externally determined.
Pain avoidance, and the lack of relevant information and resources combine to become a high hurdle.”
Hi again Gil. I went through the blog posts you previously commented on, and this may the one you are thinking of:
“If nanofabricators are ever built, the systems and structure of the world as we know them were built to solve a problem that will no longer exist.”
We are to believe that we’ll soon have the worldwide solution to problems in food supply, energy supply, medicine availability, income, knowledge – all that’s needed for survival? Should we develop hopes that technology will be our all-providing savior?