Where do all the distortions that are common to what we see as psychosis come from? That’s the question I took on in a short series of PowerPoint slides that I created this morning. In these slides, I suggest that these distortions come about out of attempts to resolve two kinds of stress. One type is stress that can result when we are over-estimating the level of external threat, and the second is stress that can result when we under-estimate such threat and so are vulnerable to jarring encounters that we hadn’t anticipated.
I will be using these slides in presentations I do, where I will be able to explain the concepts in more detail. But I just thought I would post them here, to see how much sense they might make to you standing on their own. [Note: there is an option to look at the slides in full screen, and you may have to pick that mode to see all of the slides.]