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Why Is Thinking Animals Are More Important Than Humans Not A Psychosis?

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Psychosis is a psychiatric condition involving a break with reality. Psychotic people cannot distinguish reality from not reality. They can see, hear and smell things that aren’t there. Psychosis is a diagnosable mental health condition that requires treatment.

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Your question is philosophical in nature and not one of mental health. Whether an individual believes that animals or people are more important is a matter of personal belief.

Beliefs are the acceptance that something exists. They tend to be based on cultural or personal values and convictions. For example, a person might believe that capital punishment is the equivalent of state sanctioned murder. It is a personal viewpoint and not something that can be subject to scientific testing.

Facts are verifiable and can be proven with evidence. An example of a fact is gravity. If you drop a ball it will fall down and not up. We rely on its force to hold the planets in their orbits and keep us grounded on earth. There’s no disputing gravity.

You are free to agree or not agree with the beliefs of others, but their beliefs about animals being more important than humans does not make them psychotic. It simply means that they have different beliefs than you do. Please take care.

Dr. Kristina Randle

Thinking Animals Are More Important

Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW

Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW is a licensed psychotherapist and Assistant Professor of Social Work and Forensics with extensive experience in the field of mental health. She works in private practice with adults, adolescents and families. Kristina has worked in a large array of settings including community mental health, college counseling and university research centers.

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Randle, K. (2018). Thinking Animals Are More Important. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 18, 2019, from https://psychcentral.com/ask-the-therapist/2016/07/10/41842/
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