Skip to Navigation
Symptoms and signals

Diagnosis is the identification of an illness or other problem by examining the symptoms and other factors, and giving a name to whatever the apparent problem is.

Somebody influential once said something like “Diagnostic labels are only useful in the professional group that creates them. Beyond that, they’re a hindrance”. (I paraphrasing this as I remember it).*

Diagnosis is useful because it usually suggests treatment and it provides a means of talking about a problem. Quite often it can also help the afflicted person; it can be calming and reassuring to know that one’s problem has a name (and is therefore understood and treatable).

But it’s usefulness generally stops there, in the consulting room. Once the diagnosis becomes a label it can lead to all sorts of other problems. When a label becomes part of someone’s identity it leads to sentence  rather than salvation.

* I wish I could find the exact quote, but I haven’t been able to. I did find Susan Heitler’s article in Psychology Today

 

What do you think? Share your thoughts...

Latest from the blog

Simple Solutions Are Best

Faced with a dilemma? Here’s how to choose.

Continue reading

What makes effective staff training?

Organisatons spend millions each year on staff training yet much of it is a waste of money. One pundit recently claimed that people only remember 16% of what they are taught in training. Would any organisation buy another product or service that only worked 16% of the time?

Continue reading

Why Can’t I Help Myself When I Hear a Question?

We can become powerless in the face of the questions we are asked. Why is this? What provokes us to unthinkingly accept that a question MUST be answered, then and there, just because it is a question?

Well formed questions are a powerful and delightful thing. Badly formed ones are often the last resort of bigots and bamboozlers.

Even when its not that serious, we let ourselves down when we use questions carelessly.

Continue reading
FREE DOWNLOAD - Get it now.

How to be more Resilient

Get my super-helpful guide '9 Steps to Resilience' absolutely FREE, when you subscribe to my newsletter.

Understand the steps to resilience and you can develop the ability to cope with problems and setbacks with less stress and more confidence.
close-link
%d bloggers like this: