News Mash: This is very much why psychiatry should NOT be considered a science.

Because sorry…

There is NOTHING scientific, or beneficial at all, about the changes recently taking place in the Psychiatry “bible”, the DSM.

Newsflash: There is absolutely nothing wrong with being an introvert.


Of course, I say that as an introvert (and one *gasp* not on medication prescribed by Big Pharma, which could be DSM’s main quibble)…

So I know what I am saying.

But hey, don’t take MY word for it!

[via CarlKingdom]10 Myths About Introverts

Myth #1 – Introverts don’t like to talk.
This is not true. Introverts just don’t talk unless they have something to say. They hate small talk. Get an introvert talking about something they are interested in, and they won’t shut up for days.

Myth #2 – Introverts are shy.
Shyness has nothing to do with being an Introvert. Introverts are not necessarily afraid of people. What they need is a reason to interact. They don’t interact for the sake of interacting. If you want to talk to an Introvert, just start talking. Don’t worry about being polite.


Myth #7 – Introverts are weird.
Introverts are often individualists. They don’t follow the crowd. They’d prefer to be valued for their novel ways of living. They think for themselves and because of that, they often challenge the norm. They don’t make most decisions based on what is popular or trendy.


Myth #10 – Introverts can fix themselves and become Extroverts.
A world without Introverts would be a world with few scientists, musicians, artists, poets, filmmakers, doctors, mathematicians, writers, and philosophers. That being said, there are still plenty of techniques an Extrovert can learn in order to interact with Introverts. (Yes, I reversed these two terms on purpose to show you how biased our society is.) Introverts cannot “fix themselves” and deserve respect for their natural temperament and contributions to the human race. In fact, one study (Silverman, 1986) showed that the percentage of Introverts increases with IQ.


It can be terribly destructive for an Introvert to deny themselves in order to get along in an Extrovert-Dominant World. Like other minorities, Introverts can end up hating themselves and others because of the differences. [Read More – In fact read all 10, here!] [Also read –  The Power of Introverts: A Manifesto for Quiet Brilliance]


Absolutely nothing wrong with being shy, and slightly withdrawn.



That should read, I suppose, “There was nothing wrong with being an introvert until…”

[via FoxNews] Millions of healthy people – including shy or defiant children, grieving relatives and people with fetishes – may be wrongly labeled mentally ill by a new international diagnostic manual, specialists said on Thursday.

In a damning analysis of an upcoming revision of the influential Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), psychologists, psychiatrists and mental health experts said its new categories and “tick-box” diagnosis systems were at best “silly” and at worst “worrying and dangerous.”

Some diagnoses – for conditions like “oppositional defiant disorder” and “apathy syndrome” – risk devaluing the seriousness of mental illness and medicalising behaviors most people would consider normal or just mildly eccentric, the experts said.

At the other end of the spectrum, the new DSM, due out next year, could give medical diagnoses for serial rapists and sex abusers – under labels like “paraphilic coercive disorder” – and may allow offenders to escape prison by providing what could be seen as an excuse for their behavior, they added.[Read More]

And this from the same group of BRILLIANT scientists who have decided to remove NPD, that is…

Narcissistic Personality Disorder?

(You know, that pesky little mental ‘issue’ serial killers, such as Ted Bundy, seem to suffer from, in a majority)

From the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).

How smart are THESE scientists, huh?

They actually consider Narcissistic Personality Disorder not a noteworthy mental illness…


Shyness is.


That makes SOOOOOO much more sense.

*shakes head sadly*