The Value of ‘Certainty’ in Psychiatry (and beyond.)

As a psychiatrist, I often work with those for whom the subjective nature of reality is vastly different from what is objectively true. This can provide intense suffering, or release from it. From a metaphysical standpoint, many simply see what is not there, and by hold with this sight a conviction equal in strength of its existence to my own of its delusionality.

The crucial difference is the departure from an objective and replicable universal working model, by which we all set our clocks. But in my practice and witching-hour thoughts, I…