Rethinking Mental Health

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Kevin Xu


It is not uncommon for a new field of study like global health to find itself caught between two distinct habits of mind that shape the development of disciplines. As noted by geophysicist-turned-ethnographer Franz Boas, one is the tendency of the human mind to “put confused impressions into order” and to rationalize perceptual experience with explanatory principles. The other habit is a sentient one, one less interested in reducing nature to the abstractions of the intellect and more interested in finding beauty, wonder and emotional satisfaction in the nuances of perceptual experience.

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The Journal of Global Health, mental health
Letter from the Editor
How to Cite
Xu, K. (2012). Rethinking Mental Health. The Columbia University Journal of Global Health, 2(2).