Psychological Issues Driving Bad Theories of Fibromyalgia

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Bias in favour of one’s area of expertise[edit]

There have been many theories of fibromyalgia written from various viewpoints. Generally, they reflect the expertise and training of the theorist and in some cases, they are little more than expressions of scientific or emotional bias. The whole field has been emotionally charged. Some theories are a reflection of an anti-psychological attitude.

Narrow thinking, the one-tract mind and mental laziness of theorists[edit]

Periodically a person who is trying to generate a theory gets “suckered” into focusing on one aspect of the symptoms then proceeds to assume that it is critical. Such thinking can be criticized as being a product of what has been referred to as the “one tract mind.” This is a type of narrow thinking which tends to be dismissive of important details. Theorists can be mentally lazy, and not up to the challenge of trying to integrate the many facts about the illness.

The anti-psychological bias[edit]

If a theorist has an anti-psychological bias, they will be prone to be taken in by a toxin theory whereby the whole disease gets blamed on some “evil” toxin, agent, virus or germ. Some theories reflect the hostility of people towards the patients, such as the lay theory which dismisses the problem by saying: “It’s all in your head.” This refrain reliably infuriates patients.