Today we speak again with Professor Josef Parnas, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Copenhagen and a co-founder and Senior Researcher at the Danish National Research Foundation: Center for Subjectivity Research.
For some 40 years, Professor Parnas has worked as a clinician and conducted research into the schizophrenia spectrum with an emphasis on the phenomenology of schizophrenia. In our first conversation we discussed the implications of taking the phenomenology of schizophrenia seriously, and covered topics such as importance of clinical experience, and adequacy of current systems to classify psychopathology.
But after the interview I realised that we didn’t really discuss the phenomenology of schizophrenia itself and felt that I had missed an opportunity to learn from someone with so much experience. So in this episode, I ask of a lot of basic questions to better understand what schizophrenia is and what life is like for those with it.
1:20 – On the prototypical case of schizophrenia.
26:15 – On psychosis and it’s relationship to schizophrenia
32:10 – On psychosis in schizophrenia vs. psychosis in other conditions.
38:00 – What catalyses psychotic episodes?
44:30 – Is psychosis itself adaptive?
49:00 – On the marked difference in quality of life outcomes between different cultures.
55:00 – On the link between Autism and Schizophrenia