The aim of this study was to test the hypothesis that psychiatrists cannot reliably tell the difference between people who are mentally stable and those who are mentally unstable.

8 mentally stable people were granted admission into 12 different hospitals. They all told the same story of how they would hear a voice inside their head, it was unclear but often said “empty”, “hollow” and “thud”. 

Right after they were admitted, the patients stopped showing any signs of abnormality. They took part in activities and talked to faculty and other patients as they would normally. 

None of the psychiatrists ever stopped to say “I think they are getting better” or “they seem absolutely fine now” In fact, nurses and psychiatrists took normal activity such as walking or writing and attempted to represent it as a form of pathological behavior. 

For example, staff would point to patients waiting outside the lunchroom as a form of oral-acquisitive syndrome, when really they were just bored and were anticipating their meal. 

It’s interesting to note that even though staff didn’t recognize that these people were completely fine, patients recognized that they didn’t seem to have any problems.

This study highlights how powerful labels can be.



i think it’s also interesting to mention that after David Rosenhan exposed the results of his experiment, psychiatric wards were outraged. they then challenged him to send another batch of perfectly healthy individuals, boasting that this time, they would accurately find every single one. Rosenhan agreed.

a month or so after the claim, one of the hospitals proudly stated they had found an average of 40 fake patients.
Rosenhan then revealed he never sent any.

Anonymous asked:
Yo so I been with this girl for a while and im starting to think about sex. The problem is im a trans guy and my love is heterosexual. Im worried I can never give her good sex because my body aint that of a cis male and it's not good enough.
dyemelikeasunset replied:

If the only criteria in “straight sex” is to put a cis-penis in a cis-vagina then those are gonna be some really really sad straight people.

Real talk though: communicate and be creative. Our perceptions of sex are highly warped because of abusive and inaccurate hetero-normative porn culture. Talk to your gf and figure out what she likes. There are plenty of other body parts you can use in sex, get creative, do some research, be open-minded to trying new things.

You are good enough.
Don’t be afraid and you will be more than good enough.