Discussion Post I Submitted for my Atlantic University TP5005 Course – July 10, 2019
Webster defines pathological as “altered or caused by disease,” and “being such to a degree that is extreme, excessive, or markedly abnormal.” Pathological, therefore, always has a negative connotation, such as “she is a pathological liar,” or “he has a pathological addiction to gambling.” Grof & Grof in The Stormy Search for the Self, also
The individual and their healthcare provider can agree the event was a positive experience. Mental illness is a broad description, and some are clearly spiritual emergencies. If someone is severely
Grof & Grof get to the root of the difficulty when mystical experiences and spiritual
As my favorite line of all time from the movie Cool Hand Luke says, “What we have here is a failure to communicate.” Western science and Western medicine are not prepared – not yet anyways – to view spiritual emergency, and spirituality in general, in its proper context and rightful purpose. These are life-changing events that are part of our natural evolutionary process. Unfortunately, the medical community’s default position is to label them “pathological” or “mental disorders,” and in too many cases automatically prescribe mind-altering pharmaceuticals that actually prevent the individual from becoming the person they are intended. Hopefully, this limited approach is changing in the West but there is still a significant way to go.
Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary, accessed 7/10/19.
Grof C. and Groff S., M.D. (1990), The stormy search for the self, Jeremy P. Tarcher, Inc.: Los Angeles, CA.