Much to the dismay of some of my colleagues and students, I am a voracious reader of crime novels. I have always contended that good fiction writers, if they are to produce anything like a quality yarn, must do an inordinate lot of research into particular subjects that pertain to their story. So I combine reading entertainment along with a sort of osmotic absorption of the researched information that lends the novel substance. And of course, it wouldn’t be a secret to you that I am drawn to those novels that are labeled ‘psychological thrillers.’
Early in the Beat Depression the Drug Free Way book, I quoted from Robotham’s novel, Shatter, but here’s another passage that piqued my interest ...
From the perspective of ‘doing therapy’ and helping people feel better, it is not useful to adopt the genetic (hereditary) paradigm.
Even though in my book, I included a whole chapter (chapter nine, “The Gene Illusion”) and examined the ‘predisposition myth’ and what were the other powerful influences that might SEEM LIKE a genetic predisposition, that information was not about proving one thing or another. It is about realizing that what we tend to believe today about genetic predisposition toward depression (or any other psychological, mental or emotional problems for that matter) has never EVER been proven. Saying that it’s never been shown to be true is not the same thing as ‘it’s not true.’ I’m interested in you making your own mind up about the things you’re being told.