mental illness. what is that? let’s say illness is a deviation from normal functioning and well-being.
so then the question is – what is normal?
“normal” is entirely a cultural construct, something that a specific sociocultural circle makes up or tacitly agrees upon. some of these circles are very wide – they may span as huge a cultural group as “western society”, and some of them are quite small – jehova’s witness, for example.
what that tells me is that i can agree to the norms of the sociocultural circle that most defines me; or i can find a sociocultural circle whose definition of “normal” i like better – or i can go ahead and construct my own definition of normal.
or, you know what, you can just say, i don’t need “normal”.
i jus’ wanna feel goood. who cares whether it’s normal.
so what’s that like? well, that’s when i come back to michelle’s words.
negative thinking? sometimes it feels good, most of the time not. it always gives me a mental hangover. so – it may or may not be a mental illness but i know for sure it doesn’t feel good, so i make the decision to do my best to stay away from it. (except for those times that it really works for me – i talked about that in this post).
negative thinking – and correct me if i’m wrong here, michelle – includes mental activities such as harbouring resentments, beating myself up over things i have or haven’t done, running around judging everyone and everything that crosses my path, telling myself i’m stupid/slow/selfish/fill-in-the-blanks, imagining that everyone’s out to get me, seeing the world as a dangerous place …
yuk. just writing this list makes me sick to my stomach.
oh, i see!
if this stuff makes me sick to my stomach, maybe these ARE forms of mental illness!
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