Why we essentialize mental disorders.

  title={Why we essentialize mental disorders.},
  author={Peter Adriaens and Andreas De Block},
  journal={The Journal of medicine and philosophy},
  volume={38 2},
Essentialism is one of the most pervasive problems in mental health research. Many psychiatrists still hold the view that their nosologies will enable them, sooner or later, to carve nature at its joints and to identify and chart the essence of mental disorders. Moreover, according to recent research in social psychology, some laypeople tend to think along similar essentialist lines. The main aim of this article is to highlight a number of processes that possibly explain the persistent presence… Expand
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