Becoming human is a major task for us all and we can examine the process from a range of perspectives. As individual human beings, we enter the world without any choice and for much of our lives have a limited say in what happens to us. Those who study HGD academically or clinically do have a choice, and, from what you have read, you will now be aware that our knowledge of the human journey across the lifespan comprises evidence from the viewpoints of biology, psychology, sociology and anthropology. You will also know now that, within those disciplines, there are a number of debates, many of which are not resolved, and that evidence has different value at different periods in history as scientists discover, and sometimes rediscover, core ideas and facts. For example, our understanding of what causes problems with our mental health has gone through many iterations — from explanations giving priority to brain fever, problems in living, the pathologies of the family and society, genetic predisposition and now, for some at least, returning to a predominant psychosocial solution.
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