Coverage of Rosenhan’s “On Being Sane in Insane Places” in Keywords David Rosenhan, abnormal psychology, textbook analysis, labeling. Being Sane in Insane Places. D. L. ROSENHAN. If sanity and insanity exist, how shall we know them? The question is neither capricious nor itself insane. David L. Rosenhan. On Being Sane in Insane Places. If sanity and insanity exist, how shall we know them? The question is neither capricious nor itself insane.

Author: Mazilkree Nikosida
Country: Montenegro
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Medical
Published (Last): 9 September 2005
Pages: 22
PDF File Size: 10.82 Mb
ePub File Size: 16.37 Mb
ISBN: 541-6-39038-831-4
Downloads: 24400
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Kalar

If no questions were asked of the pseudopatients, how was their writing interpreted? Nothing of an ambivalent nature had been described in relations with parents, spouse, or friends.

Rosenhan experiment – Wikipedia

Thus, I may hallucinate because I am sleeping, or I may hallucinate because I have ingested a peculiar drug. In American investigative journalist Nellie Bly feigned symptoms of mental illness to gain admission to a lunatic asylum and report on the terrible conditions therein. For example, one nurse labeled the note-taking of one pseudopatient as “writing behavior” and considered it pathological. To a group of young residents he indicated that such behavior was characteristic of the oral-acquisitive nature of the syndrome.

Journal of Abnormal Psychology. A broken leg does not threaten the observer, but a crazy schizophrenic? He is shorn of credibility by virtue of his psychiatric label.

Patient contact is not a significant priority in the traditional psychiatric hospital, and fiscal pressures do not account for this. The first part involved the use of healthy associates or “pseudopatients” three women and five pn, including Rosenhan himself who briefly feigned auditory hallucinations in an attempt to gain admission to 12 psychiatric hospitals in five states in the United States.


They were observed by three experts in mental health diagnoses and their challenge was to identify the five with mental health problems solely from their behavior, without speaking to the subjects or learning anything of their placse. The reasons for this are not hard to find: Kate marked it as to-read Nov 05, But while treatment has improved, it is doubtful that people really regard the benig ill in the same way that they view the physically ill. Anca rated it really liked it Feb 07, I have already mentioned two.

On the average, daytime nurses emerged from the cage The water closets have no doors.

Rosenhan experiment

They were rarely seen on the wards. Mroia rated it liked it Jul 18, And while he says that he has bsing good friends, one senses considerable ambivalence embedded in those relationships also. Earn your certificate and save lives! Archived from the original on 17 November A very groundbreaking experiment that must have stirred up the psychology world in its time and that is still discussed today.

On being sane in insane places

Apart from occasional angry exchanges, friction was minimal. They are the natural offspring of the labels patients wear and the places in which they are found. Given that the hospital staff was not incompetent, that the pseudopatient had been behaving as sanely as he had been out of the hospital, and that it had never been previously suggested that he belonged in a psychiatric hospital, such an dxvid outcome rosenhn support the view that psychiatric diagnosis betrays little about the patient but much about the environment in which an observer finds him.


Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Otherwise, staff keep to themselves, almost as if the disorder that afflicts their charges is somehow catching. Leah marked it as to-read Oct 28, Attendants are seen mainly in the cage, which is where the models, the action, and the power are.

For example, the staff notes for three of the patients read “patient engages in writing behavior. There is by now a host of evidence that attitudes toward the mentally ill are characterized by fear, hostility, aloofness, suspicion, and dread. Many defended psychiatry, arguing that as psychiatric diagnosis relies largely on the patient’s report of their experiences, faking their presence no more demonstrates problems with psychiatric diagnosis than lying about other medical symptoms.

Physicians, especially psychiatrists, were even less available.