I just have a bit of a bias as once someone has a wrong abnormal psychological diagnosis it can follow them for their lives, causing people to question everything they say and reducing their voice in the world because of it.

You’re right – and it was a hasty overgeneralization on my part.

But I guess I’ve just seen too many people pouring through “home medical books” and online self-diagnosing not just themselves but their kids, spouses and friends, and either using their authoritarian control over them to make dangerous changes to their lives but more disasterously feeding hypochondriacs with yet more fodder to drive themselves into anxiety and/or depression.

I’m not advocating restriction of information btw – that’s not what I’m getting at. And I wouldn’t remove the field : it’s very useful.

I just have a bit of a bias as once someone has a wrong abnormal psychological diagnosis it can follow them for their lives, causing people to question everything they say and reducing their voice in the world because of it.

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Its informational and fun and I enjoy reading those things too. But I consider *our* use of such things on the same level as personality tests, like Myers-Briggs or political personality tests (liberals are like this / conservatives are like that), etc.

It can be useful but it can lead into people hastily judging others and dismissing them without giving them their say.

 

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