“Nobody’s Normal” and the Stigma of Mental Illness. Anthropologist, Roy Richard Grinker, PhD

“Because everything we see is affected by how we see it, pure vision is an illusion.”

-Roy Richard Grinker

Today we are delighted to have Roy Richard Grinker with us. He a professor of anthropology and international affairs at George Washington University, and author of “Nobody’s Normal. How Culture Created the Stigma of Mental Illness.” Richard comes from a long line of research psychologists. His grandfather, Roy Richard Grinker, Sr. was a pioneer in American psychology, and studied under Sigmund Freud. He may have been one of the last people psychoanalyzed by Freud before Freud’s death.

We’ll talk more about that, and Richard’s unique lens on psychology and mental illness through history, anthropology and culture. Can science really answer the questions: Is there really such a thing as a normal human mind? Is there really such as thing as an abnormal mind? Well, let’s find out and with that said, let’s get started.     

Links and Resources:

Nobody’s Normal Book: https://wwnorton.com/books/9780393531640/about-the-book/product-details

Roy Richard Grinker Website: https://royrichardgrinker.com/

George Washington University Profile: https://anthropology.columbian.gwu.edu/roy-richard-grinker

Ted Talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYVpTYKevxQ

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