I wasn't quite sure where to put this thread but I thought this would be the best place as it pertains to mental health and yet can branch off from
there into a variety of subjects as the relate to the collective human experience. Mental disorders and their treatment are not something that I
automatically list among my favorite things to research but long ago I was placed in a position to observe the inner workings of that which is often
and anything else you wanna throw in that wacky group of lovable characters. Now I will say in advance, none of the language I use is meant to offend
anyone in said group, in fact, I firmly believe that looking at certain subjects with a bit of humor can be empowering. So relax. Anyway..Years ago, I
came across a pretty interesting post written by a man named Christopher S. Putnam that talked about mental disorders
Most people think of the “mentally disordered” as a delusional lot, holding bizarre and irrational ideas about themselves and the world around
them. Isn’t a mental disorder, after all, an impairment or a distortion in thought or perception? This is what we tend to think, and for most of
modern psychology’s history, the experts have agreed; realistic perceptions have been considered essential to good mental health. More recently,
however, research has arisen that challenges this common-sense notion.
in the above he is referring to an article published by Shelly Taylor and Johnathan Brown via the Departments of Psychology in University of
California, Los Angeles and University of Washington in 1994 entitled Positive Illusions and Well-Being Revisited: Separating Fact from
Its a really interesting article that I am only just sinking my teeth into. Im also a long time Douglas Adams fan. Here is some info on the Tech of
the Perspective Vortex
Total Perspective Vortex
Shelly Taylor and Jonathon Brown published an article saying that positive self-deception is a normal and beneficial part of most people’s everyday
outlook. That average people hold cognitive biases in three key areas:
a) viewing themselves in unrealistically positive terms;
b) believing they have more control over their environment than they actually do; and
c) holding views about the future that are more positive than the evidence can justify.
The theory of Depressive Realism puts fourth the idea that depressed individuals actually have more realistic perceptions of their own image,
importance, and abilities than the average person. That there is still the possibility of bias but they are also responding to the events around them
with a rationale that many others choose to deny.
Its funny because reading another thread on here is what inspired me to write this one in the first place. It was one of those America threads and of
course it had degenerated to an US vs Them thing without too many people stepping back to look at the WHY. This may shed a bit of light as to why
some people may choose to stick their fingers in their ears and hum a tune as new Babylon crumbles.
From the original article:
Those with paranoid disorders can sometimes possess a certain unusual insight as well. It has often been asserted that within every delusional
system, there exists a core of truth—and in their pursuit of imagined conspiracies against them, these individuals often show an exceptionally keen
eye for the real thing. People who interact with them may be taken aback as they find themselves accused of harboring some negative opinion of the
person which, secretly, they actually do hold. Complicating the issue, of course, is the fact that if the supposed aversion didn’t exist before, it
likely does after such an unpleasant encounter.
And where there is perceived sickness...there's someone ready to treat it. But how?
How does one convince a depressed person that “everything is all right” when her life really does suck? How does one convince an
obsessive-compulsive patient to stop religiously washing his hands when the truth of what gets left behind after “normal” washing should be enough
to make any sane person cringe? These problems put therapists in the curious position of teaching patients to develop irrational patterns of
thinking—patterns that help them view the world as a rosier place than it really is. Counterintuitive as it sounds, it’s justified because what
defines a mental disorder is not unreasonable or illogical thought, but abnormal behaviour that causes significant distress and impairs normal
functioning in society. Treatment is about restoring a person to that level of normal functioning and satisfaction, even if it means building
cognitions that aren’t precisely “rational” or “realistic.”
So is the help really helping? Or is it twisting the mind even further so that is better equipped to conform to that which is deemed acceptable by
society? Even if it means hiding from the truth?
It’s certainly easier to think of the mentally disordered as lunatics running about with bizarre, inexplicable beliefs than to imagine them
coping with a piece of reality that a “normal” person can’t handle. The notion that we routinely hide from the truth about ourselves and our
world is not an appealing one, though it may help to explain the human tendency to ostracize the abnormal. Perhaps the reason we are so eager to
reject any departure from this fiction we call “normality” is because we have grown dependent on our comfortable delusions; without them, there is
nothing to insulate us from the harsh cold of reality.
I dont think its an accident that America is a nation that is in seriously trouble as well as seriously doped up on pharmaceuticals. Those who cannot
deny the truth will be given a pill to help them. But why? Well...if many people knew the grim reality of their situation they would probably become
very depressed...and sad sacks don't come to work.
Can't have that.
Those who don't get sad might get angry....REAL ANGRY
Those chickens are coming home to roost as I type this.
Id be curious to see the percentages of people in wartorn countries or places that have had mass uprisings who were on anti depressants prior vs. the
numbers in countries where conditions are awful...but there are no riots, no uprisings and just how many of the citizens are on happy pills. This is
ATS after all...where else can I find out about a massive plot by the government and big pharma to keep the masses doped up all the way down to the
toddlers in order to keep them functioning while the boat sinks...or maybe Im just one of those tin foil delusionals
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