I wrote an essay as part of a pub in '95 that included something similar to the OP's comment, except I was thinking the milder, near-borderline
issues, not full blown S. (here
If you read the McKenna brothers book 'The Invisible Landscape', they talk about shamanism, and the feel by those studying this in native cultures
that shamans are basically people living in two worlds; if they lived in the one, they'd be normal, if they lived in the other, they'd be considered
insane, but they are able to integrate both well enough to 'pass' in either world, so to speak.
Unfortunately I suspect that in most full blown conditions, there are multiple issues going on at once, which really complicates having any easy
A good buddy I used to have was classified as borderline schizophrenic. He and I used to talk about it off and on and I read some about it during that
time. He had a number of issues sort of "interwoven" with the "end-result conglomerate of problems" that got him the diagnosis. He had an abused
childhood which had caused some lifetime emotional problems. He was definitely psychic which just like anyone else with that going on, created some
confusion and a lot of 'noise' (both literal and figurative) in his head which didn't help. He had, like many people, a very good 'suspension of
disbelief' and very good visualization and creative abilities.
Where he ran into problems was keeping the tracks straight. For example, I could have pretty much the same day he had including everything from
intuitive info we worked together on to watching a movie to having some conversations, but as the hours passed, it would pretty much start blending
for him. What someone said, what he thought of, what we saw in the movie, a book series he was into, and possible intuitive info, pretty much started
merging in his head. Then what he was talking about was really screwed up to everybody else around us, but I knew exactly where nearly all the pieces
came from; it was the fact that he no longer had them separated into source-streams in his head that was the problem.
As an aside, at one point some years ago I had a massive sudden 'asthma' problem that eventually hospitalized me. My oxygen was so low it was
ridiculous. It had an interesting side effect: information in my head totally lost its time-anchor. For example I'd remember a conversation with a
friend, and the facts from it, but I had absolutely no idea in linear time when it happened. It was floating unattached with everything else. It could
have been the day before or ten years before. (It turned out I was intolerant to gluten. When I quit eating gluten, my 'severe asthma', allergies,
and other symptoms vanished within 2 weeks). I found that interesting (if terrifying) and it made me think that this issue my friend from years prior
had shown, the sort of blending (which would get vastly better or worse in cycles, that might have related to hormones, food, sunspots, who knows?)
was definitely a physical brain issue.
Anyway back to my friend. When he would say something, that was almost like a separate source of info to his brain, and that would go into his head as
something believable too, even if he made it up on the spot (which he was pathologically wont to do, as a sort of creativity out of control).
The problem with the brain not automatically keeping the source-streams of data separate is that (a) it didn't necessarily keep them linear, either,
and (b) this issue removed the automatic stamp of truth/fiction/speculation from all of it.
I might add that although there are textbook symptoms of the disorder, every person is a unique individual of course, so his issues probably aren't
exactly like anybody else's.
One of the recognizeable symptoms of schizophrenia in people, even in mild cases, is when someone says something that you feel like "got run through
a blender". Like facts and speculation and timelines are so screwed up that it's like some jumble you can't even debate because it'd take you
three weeks just to straighten out all the facts on the situation.
I believe schizophrenia is a spectrum disorder -- by which I mean it has a huge range of degree of manifestation, even though our culture mostly only
recognizes it around a certain point of severity and then hangs a label on it. I think a lot of people have symptoms of it that are just mild or
intermittant enough to not buy them a label and prescription for it.
I've personally noticed that a lot of women show undiagnosed signs of this, that humorously enough seem to be attributed to 'being an irrational or
untruthful female' (as if this was predictable rather than unusual), rather than to a genuine disorder; maybe for cultural reasons, it sometimes
seems more apparent and obvious in men. I suppose that is a separate conversation though lol.
Anyway. I think everybody is prone to intuitive information but most of us are taught from birth to physiologically limit our perception and
definition of 'reality' to that exampled by family around us. I think due to some of the brain issues, some people are more vulnerable to a lot of
bleedthrough of psi-based information. Unfortunately that really only adds to the problems.