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If not, what does that lack of repeatability say about the science of psychology and psychiatry.
QuoteIf not, what does that lack of repeatability say about the science of psychology and psychiatry.Not much, one way or another, unless the authors set out to describe a particular condition/individual in their writing. If a character has a number of damaging/irritating/self-destructive traits assembled by an author of a fictional work, perhaps from a range of individuals they've known over a period of years, expecting a number of psychiatrists to produce a consistent diagnosis would be unreasonable.The diagnosis of historical characters is a somewhat different matter, since accounts will at least all be describing a set of behaviours that really did appear in a particular individual... but even then all the accounts are second hand and might play up, or down, particular characteristics for political or personal reasons, as well as being subject to differences between the accepted norms of the societies in which the subjects and the psychiatrists were living.
Last time I checked, psychologists didn't diagnose people but perhaps that's a US/ English thing. It might be interesting to get a bunch of psychiatrists to evaluate a bunch of famous fictional characters and see if they all give the same result.If not, what does that lack of repeatability say about the science of psychology and psychiatry.
BC - I would disagree. Real people may have real conditions which can be diagnosed. Fictional people will display a selection of symptoms without regard to any underlying cause, so I think the better psychiatrists got at accurate diagnosis, the more likely they would be to disagree in diagnosing fictional characters (unless perhaps the author had drawn the character with a specific view to conveying a particular illness/disorder). I don't really believe that there's that much diagnostic accuracy available, but I don't think that the "test" proposed tells us anything one way or another.