what are the evolutionary benefits of different forms of mental illness? Is there a sickle cell population genetics explanation whereby some bipolar genes in a population give you greater creativity?
What are the different strategies societies have for letting the psychologically abnormal interact with the psychologically normal– from venerAtion of yogis and crazy poets at one extreme to medicalization on the other? What are the pluses and minuses of these strategies for a societies long term health?
How does dissociation work and when is it a good thing? Is accessing different ways of coping through semi autonomous ego structures (alters) a better way to achieve success ever? What are the pluses and minuses for different strategies of integrating and coordinating alters?
What role does religion play in a society’s cultivation of normative structures of the psyche and ways of structuring and integrating different psychological subsystems?