Chelsea Owens's Reviews > Crazy Like Us: The Globalization of the American Psyche

Crazy Like Us by Ethan Watters
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Jan 10, 2010

really liked it

As someone embarking on a career as a clinical psychologist, this read definitely proved to be interesting and informative. While it's true that the Western world of psychology/psychiatry tends to disregard the nuances of cultural and environmental influence on social structures and the human mind...I found Water's indignance towards Western mental health treatment to be a bit annoying and redundant.

The best lesson any mental health practitioner can glean from this book is to administer sensitivity and understanding to the cultural cues that play into one's psychological health, treatment, and recovery. Globalization in general tends to undermine and completely ignore the diversity of how various cultures cope with life and understand it. Water's book nicely illuminates the follies that can arise from such an approach to health and healing on a world wide scale.
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