The Reality is that anything we do or undertake a study has multidimensional reality components, whereby, an event or a behavior can be viewed or studied from various perspectives involving biological, psychological, psycho-social, environmental, spiritual, or any other infinite dimensional factors that one can think of, at both micro or macro levels. (From an existential-spiritual and astronomy perspective, we are all manifestations of One Whole.) As such, schizophrenia or any other mental illness or “normal or abnormal behavior” have many dimensional perspectives, and use of a given perspective is a function of evolving and changing social and cultural perspectives, often influenced by changing “knowledge base” and public perception of what works and benefits a given person (from both person’s perspective as well as from the care giver or professional helpers’ perspectives). One pursuing psycho-social dimension, as ISPS is dedicated to promote, does not necessarily involve negating other perspectives, or promoting or substituting one “authoritarian-reductionist” model for another. What is important if one wants to pursue a particular model perspective, is to demonstrate to consumers and public at large, how the specific intervention is helpful, while mindful of potential for any adverse effects or consideration that new information or research may negate any positive effect of an intervention or that a better intervention strategy may evolve to replace or modify the one in existence. Knowledge is multidimensional and fluid, as such, no one discipline or perspective has the monopoly of the “truth.” In spite of all the outward differences, we are all trying to promote what makes the best sense in terms of a clinical intervention, and in this case, as in others, the jury will always be out there to judge the efficacy of an intervention, the perspective of which will also be subject to change with time.
Advocacy for social policy change and clinical intervention and practice research may operate in parallel processes to provide clarity to one’s current functions and roles in a specific situation, as well as any discussion as to what are considered facts and what are considered opinions. Keeping these perspectives separate, and more importantly acknowledging and respecting differences expressed are important.