Memetic Diagnosis, Memetic Assessment and Biopsychosocial Epigenetic Formulation

  • Hoyle Leigh


Memetic diagnosis should be accompanied by a thorough memetic assessment of the patient that includes the early memetic environment, potential gene x meme interaction in childhood, early and recent imitation figures, and recent infusion of stress memes. What memetic diagnosis implies, in addition to the meaning of the memes collected, is the fact that the memes have replicated to become a problem. Thus, it is necessary to identify the cause of the replication as well as to treat the process of replication. The cause of the replication may be (1) imitation and/or empathy, (2) large influx of new memes, (3) replication of dormant resident memes due to either weakening of the dominant memes or new memes augmenting the resident ones, and (4) combination of any of the above, potentially causing a final common pathway dysregulation of the brain. Epigenetic formulation involves the interaction between genes and memes through development, with particular attention to significant stresses and nurturing in early life and recent stresses and social support. These are the factors that may have augmented vulnerability genes and attenuated resilience genes or vice versa, resulting in syndromic mental illness, neurotic traits, or mental health. In this chapter, I briefly describe how memetic assessment should be made, how priming factors and role models should be considered in the biopsychosocial formulation, and anticipate some new methods and techniques that need to be developed to further this aim.


Free Association Final Common Pathway Recent Stress Emotional Turmoil Word Association Test 
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  1. 1.University of CaliforniaSan FranciscoUSA

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