Unformatted text preview: observer and are not valid summaries of characteristics displayed by the observed.” The fact that the completely sane pseudopatients were not immediately discovered as frauds gives merit to this theory. Medical workers who are intended to cure for the insane, and to understand the difference between sane and insane were unable to make the distinction. This likely is due to the fact that the insane are assigned “tags,” as doctors label them as insane. It is nearly impossible for them to overcome these tags as everyone assumes that the professionals know best. Thus, it is not the behavior of an individual that establishes their sanity, but rather is labels created by the observer, and retained particularly in the case of those that are distanced emotionally from the patient....
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This note was uploaded on 09/18/2010 for the course DSOC 1101 taught by Professor Hirshel during the Spring '07 term at Cornell.
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