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The Journey Inward: Is There A Downside To Labeling Individuals?


March 28, 2019

A woman posed a question to Dr. Maurizio Fava, editor-in-chief of “Mind, Mood, Memory” of Massachusetts General Hospital: “Ever since my daughter was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, I’ve become aware how often people casually use terms like ‘crazy’ and ‘insane.’ It’s quite bothersome. Am I being too sensitive?”

He quickly responded, “Not at all.”

He added that when we glibly characterize someone’s behavior, we are being unfair. For example, if a peer at work is well organized and attentive to detail, we stick a label on that person: “Oh, she is just OCD.”...

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