Monthly Archives: September 2017

Psychological Masquerade: What causes mental illness?

What causes mental illness? Psychiatry wants to say mental illness is all biological, genetic, etc., and can be treated with appropriate medications. Sadly, that’s not the case. Biological and genetic causes (medical model) have not been located after 50+ years of searching. It’s a holy grail. Psychologist Richard Bental, in his book “Madness Explained,” stated … read more

Oh, the myths about happiness!

Oh, the myths about happiness! Many people struggle with several myths about happiness. Some feel happiness is the natural state for all human beings. They compare themselves negatively to other people who are obviously (at least to those making the comparison) happy. Every person is unique. Everyone has worries, hurts, concerns. All of us go … read more

Who’s responsible for your happiness?

  Who’s responsible for your happiness? I’m always amazed at the number of adults who point at their partner or someone else. Some point at their kids. Both are unfair and lay a heavy load on others. Fact is, as an adult, I’m responsible for my own happiness, my own attitude. Kids are different, however. … read more

What exactly is mental illness?

Before we can get into the guts of masquerade we need a definition. What exactly is “mental illness”? And there we have a problem. Psychiatry has stated their current method of diagnosis doesn’t work (APA, Introduction, p. 12 & 13, 2013). Psychiatry has also stated that there is much physical in mental disorders and much … read more


Is happiness an attitude or an emotion? Abraham Lincoln (not a bad president) said “Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” That’s attitude, and I tend to agree with him. I’ve also heard that attitude is everything. Some of the happiest people I’ve ever met were homeless. They … read more

Reactions, reactions … We all have reactions

I’m shifting a bit to talk about reactions. We can have a bewildering array of reactions – behavioral, physical/biological, mental, emotional, spiritual, sexual, psychological, relational, and social – as a result of the different factors I discussed in week #1. Many reactions resemble psychiatric disorders but they’re not. Ever felt stressed? We all have. Stress … read more

What is “Psychological Masquerade” and why is it important?

  One of my passions is psychological masquerade. But what exactly is psychological masquerade and why should you pay attention to it? Two very good questions. Psychological masquerade is any condition that resembles or matches the presentation of a psychiatric disorder such as anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, bipolar, personality disorder, psychosis, dementia, etc., etc. It can … read more