The Assumptive Worlds of Psychopathy VIII: Embracing Shame and Guilt—Unraveling the Stigma Surrounding Mental Illness

The Assumptive Worlds of Psychopathy VIII: Embracing Shame and Guilt—Unraveling the Stigma Surrounding Mental Illness

The Expanding Science of Neurobiology

Nagel’s philosophical insights have provoked us to consider diverse viewpoints regarding mental illness and disease. Recent technological advances and neurobiological discoveries also yield important insights that encourage us to consider new ways of viewing these mental health challenges—and help us in our quest to destigmatize mental illness. There is real value in understanding the biology as well as psychology of mental illness, especially when considering how deeply the environment can influence our mental health. Psychologists and Neuroscientists have discovered that when individuals are adept at adopting a hopeful mindset, it can strengthen their immune systems and improve resiliency for any future health or psychological issues. Raising children who are resilient is optimal. This can be done by teaching them life coping skills, thus helping them improve their level of self-awareness and ability to regulate themselves emotionally.

Along with adopting a hopeful mindset and improving resiliency to life stressors, neuroscientists have achieved major advancements in technology, such as neuroimaging and brain stimulation. These technologies have given us a deeper understanding of how the brain works. We can literally train our brain through a process called neurofeedback, as well as adopting healthy lifestyle strategies that allow us to generate new neuronal pathways in our brain. As identified by Nagel in his second philosophical perspective (Physicalism), the mind and body are fully integrated.


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Lewis And MunzerChristy Lewis holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and has counseled for a combined 17 years in several clinical and medical settings and has offered career/life coaching for an additional 10 years. Christy is also Board Certified in Biofeedback and Neurofeedback through BCIA, the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance organization. Prior to working in private practice settings, Christy worked in Psychiatric and Rehabilitation hospital settings. Additionally, she worked in career transition/outplacement settings helping clients with their career transition needs. Christy Lewis currently works and is the director at her own private practice setting, The Biofeedback, Education, & Training Center, PLLC, where she combines counseling with a variety of training modalities to individuals of all ages who need help with issues ranging from severe emotional turmoil to people who are working on taking their personal growth to a higher level. Specifically, she has extensive experience working with kids, teens, & adults who have anxiety, depression, ADHD, frustration/anger issues, behavioral issues, and pain management. Kendell Munzer was born in Peekskill NY in 1973. In 1997 she earned her Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Curry College. In 2002 she earned her M.A in Counseling from Mercy College. She is currently pursuing her Doctoral Degree in Psychology at The Professional School of Psychology. Kendell works as a part time substitute teacher for the Charleston County School District. The majority of this work is spent working with behaviorally challenged students. She also works part time growing a local Kitchen and Bath business she and her husband have recently opened. Kendell has an extensive background as a Behavioral Specialist and has conducted many staff trainings and seminars. Presently she resides in Mt. Pleasant SC with her husband and two children. When Kendell isn’t at work she enjoys, photography, travelling, skiing, and spending quality time with her family.

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