مدل ناایمانی: ادغام نظریه انگیزشی و اختلال هذیان
|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی||تعداد کلمات|
|30369||2007||10 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید||محاسبه نشده|
Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : Consciousness and Cognition, Volume 16, Issue 4, December 2007, Pages 932–941
The impact of our desires and preferences upon our ordinary, everyday beliefs is well-documented [Gilovich, T. (1991). How we know what isn’t so: The fallibility of human reason in everyday life. New York: The Free Press.]. The influence of such motivational factors on delusions, which are instances of pathological misbelief, has tended however to be neglected by certain prevailing models of delusion formation and maintenance. This paper explores a distinction between two general classes of theoretical explanation for delusions; the motivational and the deficit. Motivational approaches view delusions as extreme instances of self-deception; as defensive attempts to relieve pain and distress. Deficit approaches, in contrast, view delusions as the consequence of defects in the normal functioning of belief mechanisms, underpinned by neuroanatomical or neurophysiological abnormalities. It is argued that although there are good reasons to be sceptical of motivational theories (particularly in their more floridly psychodynamic manifestations), recent experiments confirm that motives are important causal forces where delusions are concerned. It is therefore concluded that the most comprehensive account of delusions will involve a theoretical unification of both motivational and deficit approaches.
If illusions involve low-level misperceptions of reality, then delusions involve cases of high-level misbelief—instances where the avowed contents of an individual’s beliefs run counter to a generally accepted reality. The prevailing diagnostic view of delusions is that they are rationally untenable beliefs that are clung to regardless of counter-evidence and despite the efforts of family, friends and clinicians to dissuade the deluded individual ( American Psychiatric Association, 1995). Delusions are observed in an array of psychiatric and neurological conditions. They have been referred to as “the sine qua non of psychosis” ( Peters, 2001, p. 193); together with hallucinations, delusions constitute first-rank symptoms of psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia, schizophreniform disorder, schizoaffective disorder and delusional disorder. Such disorders affect around one percent of the population and have devastating consequences in terms of suffering and loss of functioning. Delusions also occur in association with dementia, temporal lobe epilepsy, Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and traumatic brain injury. Delusions can vary both thematically and in degree of circumscription. Thematically speaking, delusions range from the bizarre and exotic (e.g. the delusion that one’s head has been replaced by a pumpkin or that one has been raped by the devil) to the relatively humdrum (e.g. an unjustified conviction regarding the infidelity of a spouse, or an overwhelming suspicion of persecution by one’s neighbours). This is a nosologically important distinction, as the presence of bizarre delusions satisfies the symptom criteria for a diagnosis of schizophrenia (even in the absence of other psychotic symptoms), while precluding a diagnosis of delusional disorder. In terms of scope, delusions vary from the circumscribed and monothematic to the widespread and polythematic (Langdon & Coltheart (2000)). A patient with “Capgras” delusion, for example, may believe that a loved one (usually a spouse or close relative) has been replaced by a physically identical impostor, yet remain quite lucid and grounded on other topics. Other individuals evince a more extensive loss of contact with reality. Nobel laureate John Nash, for example, believed not only that aliens were communicating with him, but also that he was the left foot of God and the Emperor of Antarctica (David, 1999). 2. Theoretical approaches: Motivational versus deficit There have been many proposed theoretical explanations of delusions (for interesting reviews see Blaney, 1999, Garety and Freeman, 1999 and Winters and Neale, 1983). Among the various models that have been put forward can be discerned two general classes of theoretical explanation, the motivational and the deficit ( Bentall et al., 2001, Blaney, 1999, Hingley, 1992, Venneri and Shanks, 2004 and Winters and Neale, 1983). In brief, theories of the first type view delusions as serving a defensive, palliative function; as representing an attempt (however misguided) to relieve pain, tension and distress. Such theories regard delusions as providing a kind of psychological refuge or spiritual salve, and consider delusions explicable in terms of the emotional benefits they confer. This approach to theorizing about delusions has been prominently exemplified by the psychodynamic tradition with its concept of defense, and by the philosophical notion of self-deception. From a motivational perspective delusions constitute psychologically dexterous “sleights of mind” ( McKay, Langdon, & Coltheart, 2005), deft mental manoeuvres executed for the maintenance of psychic integrity and the reduction of anxiety. Motivational accounts of delusions can be generally distinguished, as a major explanatory class, from theories that involve the notion of deficit or defect. Such theories view delusions as the consequence of fundamental cognitive or perceptual abnormalities, ranging from wholesale failures in certain crucial elements of cognitive-perceptual machinery, to milder dysfunctions involving the distorted operation of particular processes. Delusions thus effectively constitute disorders of belief—disruptions or alterations in the normal functioning of belief mechanisms such that individuals come to hold erroneous beliefs with remarkable tenacity. A deficit approach to theorizing about delusions would seem to be implicit in the field of cognitive neuropsychiatry ( David & Halligan, 1996). Cognitive neuropsychiatry is a branch of cognitive neuropsychology, a discipline which investigates disordered cognition in order to learn more about normal cognition ( Coltheart, 2002 and Ellis and Young, 1988). Cognitive neuropsychiatry involves applying the logic of cognitive neuropsychology to psychiatric symptoms such as delusions and hallucinations ( Ellis and Young, 1990, Langdon and Coltheart, 2000 and Stone and Young, 1997). The aim of cognitive neuropsychiatry is thus to develop a model of the processes underlying the normal functioning of the belief formation system, and to explain delusions in terms of damage to processes implicated in this model of normal functioning. Perhaps the best way to represent the distinction between the motivational and deficit approaches is to contrast a motivational account of a particular delusion with a deficit account of the same delusion. Let us take as our example the Frégoli delusion, first described in 1927 by Courbon and Fail (see Ellis, Whitley, & Luaute, 1994). Patients suffering from the Frégoli delusion believe that they are being followed around by a familiar person (or people) who is in disguise and thus unrecognizable (Davies & Coltheart, 2000; c.f. Banov, Kulick, Oepen, & Pope, 1993). The delusion was named after an Italian actor renowned for his ability to impersonate people (Ellis & Young, 1990). A motivational explanation of a particular case of this delusion was suggested by Collacot and Napier (1991; cited in Mojtabai, 1994), who argued that a case of Frégoli delusion in which the patient misidentified certain unknown people as her deceased father might be explicable in terms of wish fulfillment. The development of this woman’s delusional belief is here viewed as serving a psychological function, namely gratifying her wish that her father still be present. This explicitly motivational formulation, with its notion of wish fulfillment, is exquisitely Freudian, and consistent with a long tradition of psychodynamic theorizing. Such an account brooks comparison with the deficit explanation of Davies and Coltheart (2000). Davies and Coltheart integrate a key notion from prevalent deficit accounts of the aforementioned Capgras delusion (the belief that a loved one has been replaced by an impostor), which implicate a dissociation between different components of face recognition (e.g. Ellis and Young, 1990 and Stone and Young, 1997). The proposal involves two components of face recognition, an overt “pattern-matching” component and an affective component which provides an experience of “familiarity” when we encounter people we know. Whereas prevailing deficit accounts of the Capgras delusion suggest that it stems from a diminished affective response to familiar faces (see below), Davies and Coltheart (2000) follow Ramachandran and Blakeslee, 1998, Christodoulou, 1976, Christodoulou, 1977 and Feinberg and Keenan, 2005 in proposing that the Frégoli delusion involves a heightened affective response to unfamiliar faces. The ensuing discordance between an experience of the way a stranger looks (unfamiliar, unrecognizable) and the way they “feel” (familiar) might lead to the adoption of the Frégoli belief (c.f. Ellis & Young, 1990).
نتیجه گیری انگلیسی
Baars (2000) argues that the scientific scepticism regarding psychodynamics is disproportionate, and marvels that “few academic scientists are inclined to simply separate the wheat from the chaff in Freudian thought” (p. 13).6 We have argued that sound reasons for scepticism notwithstanding, psychoanalytic theories do indeed contain a notion that models of delusions may ignore at their peril, namely the insight that motives can be potent doxastic forces. Taking as our point of departure the two deficit model of Coltheart and colleagues, we have explored a theoretical integration between the motivational and deficit approaches to delusions, with the aim of showing that a single overarching theory is not only scientifically desirable, but theoretically viable.