posted on Jun, 18 2004 @ 09:15 AM
I think it must really depend on your definition of insane.
Heads in the freezer? Definitely.
Thinking about having heads in the freezer? Maybe going that direction.
Also, slipping toward it or suddenly snapping? Perhaps a month ago you found that going home from work and laying on the couch in the dark helped you
relax. Maybe ignoring the phone and eventually turning it off altogether made you feel safe from the outside world. Maybe you eventually had to
really fight to get out the door in the morning to go to work, and once there all you could think of was getting home to the dark silence again. It
happens gradually so you don't realize that 2 months have gone by and you're now trying to figure out how to avoid leaving the house altogether
because they're all out to get you.
Maybe you wake up one day with the certainty that you and everyone else would be better off dead. Being efficient, you immediately go about trying to
make that happen.
Is either scenario indicative of insanity? Or a breakdown? Are they one and the same? I've often thought about it, thankfully not while laying in
dark silence. (Yet!), but when I asked my mom, she said "If you're curious, you're not insane." Dahmer and Bundy were insane, in my opinion. I
think you'd have to be to do what they did. However, since they tried to hide it, indicating a knowledge of right and wrong, they were deemed to be
1 a : a deranged state of the mind usually occurring as a specific disorder (as schizophrenia) and usually excluding such states as mental
retardation, psychoneurosis, and various character disorders b : a mental disorder
2 : such unsoundness of mind or lack of understanding as prevents one from having the mental capacity required by law to enter into a particular
relationship, status, or transaction or as removes one from criminal or civil responsibility
3 a : extreme folly or unreasonableness b : something utterly foolish or unreasonable
According to the dictionary definition, it could actually make a wide range of behavior seem to be the result of insanity. Number 2 makes me think
you would not know.