Messages Off of Everything, Everywhere, for Everyone...

 

It is  double standards which cause double binds.

The sense that we are not being heard by psychiatrists (and others) is reality based.

It's not that they are physically deaf but rather psychologically 'deaf' to what we are saying. 

 

Look for the patterns. Something to help make sense of it.

       from Survivor




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 










 

 

 

 

The Real Meaning

Just because you don't understand what I am saying it does not prove that what I am saying cannot be understood, nor does it prove that I don't understand it myself.

Just because you see or hear no meaning in what I tell you, it does not mean there is no meaning there to see and hear.

If your ego is blocking the view and buzzing loudly in your ears, you will remain blind and deaf to the truth that is right in front of your nose. That is this:

I am saying what I mean, and meaning what I say.

I understand something that you do not.

For as long as you can't or won't accept that, because you are too busy defending your own errors, you won't be able to see me, or hear me, as I really am.

Timeless Visions, Voices and New Meanings
Voices Throughout the Ages, Changing Perceptions,  Reactionary People, Trapped Targets, Group Relationships etc.

In Memoriam Judi Chamberlin 1945 - 2010

We Regret to Announce the Death
...of long time psychiatric survivour and activist, Judi Chamberlin on Saturday, January the 16th, 2010 around 10pm.



She was one of the people I first heard of when I was looking for an alternative view before I ever made any contact with any other like minds in cyberspace, and was also there after I got on the Internet for the first time in 2002. Her presence here, along with that of many others sharing my experience of the system made a difference in my own rate of recovery and I hope my own presence here will do something of the same for others. She was certainly an inspiration to many.
 
 
Judi's blog will be kept active for the time being so please feel free to post comments that you might like to share with the rest of us "followers." Also, before she died Judi indicated that she didn't want people sending flowers, and we want to honor that. If you want to mark Judi's memory in some tangible way, it was her wish that contributions be made to either:

The National Coalition of Mental Health Consumer/Survivor Organizations

Checks can be made out to

NEC [National Empowerment Center] Note on the check that it is "for NCMHCSO in honor of Judi Chamberlin. Checks can be mailed to:

National Empowerment Center

599 Canal Street

Lawrence, MA 01840

or

Visiting Nurse and Community Health

Checks can be made out to VNCH. Note on the check that it is for "Hospice in honor of Judi Chamberlin" and can be mailed to:

Visiting Nurse and Community Health

Donations

37 Broadway, 2nd Floor

Arlington, MA 02474

Or on line at:http://thevisitingnurses.com/Charitable_Giving.htm

Judi Chamberlin,longtime psychiatric survivour/activist had been very ill for some time and went into home hospice care. True to her nature, she has decided to turn her final journey through this often difficult and challenging life into another opportunity for sharing the experience with those of us willing and able to share it with her. Connected to her name here you will find the blog she is using to discuss and live though her journey, including all it's challenges, along with the usual stoic acceptance of her personal reality and the full range of human emotions that comes with living life. The blog will come down soon and is being replaced by an online memorial.

The Puffiness in Judi's Face is from the meds used in Pain control such as Prednisone

It is a good trade though..Puffy cheeks for lack of Pain

Some of Her Former Work

Judi Chamberlin at the World Psychiatric Association Conference Dresden Germany 2007



On Line Memorial page

Comments

Links to Articles on the Groupthink Phenomenon

Wikipedia
Eight Main Symptoms of Groupthink
What is Groupthink?

Same Old Play; New Century

R.D. Laing
/Schizophrenia/Existentialism/Philosopher ...

DOCTORS:
Medical Killing and the Psychology of Genocide ©
Socialization to Killing
They [the SS doctors] did their work just as someone who goes to an office goes about his work. They were gentlemen who came and went, who supervised and were relaxed, sometimes smiling, sometimes joking, but never unhappy. They were witty if they felt like it. Personally I did not get the impression that they were much affected by what was going on — nor shocked. It went on for years. It was not just one day.
Auschwitz prisoner doctor

Robert Jay Lifton

Robert Jay Lifton, M.D. 

 
...In addition to cruel medical experiments, many Nazi doctors, as part of military units, were directly involved in killing. To reach that point, they underwent a sequence of socialization: first to the medical profession, always a self-protective guild; then to the military, where they adapted to the requirements of command; and finally to camps such as Auschwitz, where adaptation included assuming leadership roles in the existing death factory. The great majority of these doctors were ordinary people who had killed no one before joining murderous Nazi institutions. They were corruptible and certainly responsible for what they did, but they became murderers mainly in atrocity-producing settings. ..

 

International Cultic Studies

 

“A Bio Medical Mission was at the heart of Naziism”

“Socialization to Evil is all too easy...”

Robert Jay Lifton

 

When Patients See These Images, Their 'Interpretations' of What is Being Seen is Very Different to That of the 'Interpretations' of Others. These are Human Beings; Not Objects of Assessment, Interesting Cases, or 'Subjects'. If You Were Being Treated Like That, How Would YOU Feel? Happy?

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The Entire Rosenhan Article, On Being Sane in  Insane Places, along with my own commentary relating it to my own experiences in the system, will soon be available from start to finish as a PDF file in this  section of this webpage.

The Pseudo-Patient Study

Listen:

Availability:

Last broadcast on Mon, 27 Jul 2009, 11:00 on BBC Radio 4.

 

Synopsis

Claudia Hammond revisits another classic psychology experiment, David Rosenhan's Pseudo-Patient Study, gaining access to his unpublished personal papers to discover how it changed our understanding of the human mind, and its impact 40 years on.

Between 1969 and 1972, the clinical psychologist David Rosenhan and seven other people - none of whom had a psychiatric diagnosis - got themselves admitted to 12 different psychiatric hospitals around the United States. They did this by presenting with a single symptom, saying that they heard a voice which said words such as 'empty', 'dull' and 'thud.' Once admitted, they acted completely normally. Nevertheless, they were kept in for periods of between 8 and 52 days. Seven of them were diagnosed with schizophrenia and were released as being 'in remission'; not one of them was judged to be sane.

After Rosenhan published On Being Sane in Insane Places in the journal Science in 1973, the psychiatric profession went on the defensive to protest its diagnostic competence. The study struck at the heart of their attempts to medicalise psychiatry and be accepted as proper doctors. Its impact was felt when the third edition of the profession's bible, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, came out in 1980: changes had been made which brought more rigour to the diagnostic process.

However, as Claudia discovers from Rosenhan's unpublished papers, for him the study was less an experiment of diagnostic efficacy than an anthropological survey of psychiatric wards. In a chapter of the book he never finished, she reads his poignant account of his own first admission, and his sense that 'minimal attention was paid to my presence, as if I hardly existed'.

Now suffering ill health and unable to speak, Rosenhan delegates his friends and colleagues professor of social psychology at Stanford University Lee Ross and clinical psychologist Florence Keller to speak to Claudia and show her the box containing previously unpublished material which throws new light on one of the most controversial and famous psychology experiments.

 

 

Recommended for Psychiatrists who believe that chemical imbalance explains everything and that the experience of psychosis is meaningless: here is a movie with "Message'' for you:

K-Pax,
starring Kevin Spacey, as the psych patient who FEELS like an ''alien'' from another planet. I suggest you focus, not so much on the concrete details of his fascinating delusion but rather on the concepts behind the details. You just might learn something.

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