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The Mad Business of Sanity

I recently stumbled on Jon Ronson’s TED talk where he spoke about his book The Psychopath Test . I spent Tuesday and Wednesday reading it and now I think it is my favourite book of this year. It raises very interesting and equally important questions about the validity of psychiatry and the slippery slope of mental disorder diagnosis. The author shares experiences ranging from psychopath spotting adventures using Robert Hare’s infamous checklist , his run-in with the Church of Scientology’s war against psychiatry and self-diagnosis using the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. I could not think of anything else to do after reading the book and so like the author, I got a copy of the DSM and proceeded to perform a self-diagnosis needless to say friends and family were not left out . Results I am positive that every Nigerian mother has Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder, and so do I. It involves “severe recurrent temper outbursts manifested verbally and/
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An Unsolicited Book Review

This year, I have decided to read mostly non-fiction but I started out without a list so I am just building as I go. Anyway, here is a list of what I have read so far, along with reasons why I think you should read them too or not . The Palestine Israel Conflict: A Basic Introduction by Gregory Harms and Todd M. Ferry I remember watching the news as a child in the early 2000s and seeing a lot about the Israel - Palestine conflict, so much so that the names Yasser Arafat and Ariel Sharon were permanently etched into my memory. As I grew older, I read articles, watched documentaries in bid to understand the situation but I was only able to get an over-the-surface understanding of the conflict - this book however was just perfect. The author explains the region from pre-historic times down to the early 2000s, he does this in very simple terms and with a light touch of wit. The best part is that this is done in less than three hundred pages and with as little bias as possible.   B


I have always had the most interesting opinions on the world its issues. Of course, this sounds ridiculous coming from me, but it is nonetheless true. I've tried my hand at writing quite a number of times but I frequently suffer bouts of lethargy, mostly induced by self-criticism , so I hardly make it past the second post.  I am a law student, unfortunately I am not the straight out of a Grisham  type of law student - I am painfully bored, highly disillusioned and cannot wait to finish. Plus, I often find myself interested in all things other than the law I've probably read more books on economics this semester . I spend my moments of boredom lost in thoughts of my disdain for school or debating random concepts in my head, I can assure you that it is not because I am crazy at least not completely, but because I have an oddly curious mind that only functions in overdrive.  So, instead of letting these mental conversations drift away into nothingness, I have decided to