Mentalism Theory In Psychology

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Mentalism is a term that refers to those branches of study which concentrate on mental perception and thought processes of an individual like cognitive psychology. This is in opposition to disciplines that believe that study of psychology should focus on the structure of causal relationships and conditioned responses, through scientific methods and experimentation. Throughout the history of psychology, mentalism and behaviorism clashed, with one another representing the dominant pattern of psychological investigation at different times. Mentalism or behaviorism neither of them are mutually exclusive, these are the elements dominating each other which can be seen equally, perhaps more of the modern times compared to the psychology of over a…show more content…
Social division

According to Dr Kalinowski (a psychiatrist of University of Nevada) and Pat Risser (a mental health consultant ), mentalism at extreme can lead to a categorical division of people into an empowered group that are assumed to be normal, healthy and capable, and a powerless group that are assumed to be sick, disabled, unpredictable and violent. This division can justify inconsiderate treatment and expectations of latter group leading to poorer standards of living for them. Further discrimination labels some as "high functioning" and others as "low-functioning"; targeting the resources of both the categories.
The discrimination is fundamental and unquestioned which stops people from genuinely seeing the other point of view with equal dignity. Some mental conditions impair awareness in certain ways at certain times, but a mentalist may lead others to believe that they need to understand the person 's situation and needs better than they do themselves.
Reportedly within the disability rights movement, disability organizations don’t always 'get ' mental health and don’t want to be themselves as mentally defective. Those coming from the mental health side do not view such conditions and disabilities in the
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Some national government-funded charities view this issue as primarily a matter of stigma within the general public. People who do not having enough contact with those who are diagnosed with mental illness, compare mentalism to racism. A psychologist who works with “The Living Museum” which facilitates current and former psychiatric patients to exhibit their artwork referred this attitude of the general public as psychophobia.

Mentalism is a performing art in which the person also known as mentalists demonstrates highly developed mental abilities. Performances usually include hypnosis, telepathy, precognition, mediumship, mind control and rapid mathematics. Mentalists are sometimes categorized into as psychic entertainers, although that category also contains non-mentalist performers such as psychic
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