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My Social Psychiatric Predictions One Year Later





PSYCHIATRIC VIEWS ON THE DAILY NEWS


But I do see a way. There is a narrow way through.” - Paul Atreides in “Dune”


“All the world is a narrow bridge, and most important is not to be overwhelmed by fear.” - Rabbi Nachman of Breslov


One of the definitions of a prophet is one who foretells future events correctly. We have had a few such possibilities lately. One is the featured character Paul Atreides in the movie “Dune.” As a possible Messiah, and with the help of the psychedelic spice, he foresees various future scenarios involving planetary war.


The Free Press began a weekly series on past prophets in the United States. First, on March 2, featured Marshall McLuhan of “the medium is the message” fame. Decades ago, he seemed to foresee our internet age and its profound rewiring of our society and brains. Next, on March 11, was Bayard Rustin, the civil rights advocate and ally of the Rev. Dr Martin Luther King Jr. He predicted that psychologically traumatizing White individuals to increase their guilt would be likely to backfire, as perhaps may be now happening with diversity, equity, & inclusion consultants. March 16 featured D.A. Henderson who, back in 2006, warned against a global shutdown in an epidemic because it would lead to economic and social disruption.


Even though I was way off in predicting how long the COVID-19 pandemic would last, as discussed in my last column, these portraits of prophets inspired me to responsibly see how I did so far in a series of predictions starting just about a year ago. One might assume that since psychiatrists have some expertise in understanding human behavior, that our prediction ability would increase. Therefore, in ensuing columns, I will try to fairly cover my previous predictions about psychiatry and artificial intelligence, psychedelics, politics, naming, social psychopathologies, indigenous individuals, eulogies, and predictions.


My prediction is that I will complete them on April 1, April Fool’s Day 2024. Wouldn’t that be fitting?


Note: This article originally appeared on Psychiatry Times

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