Signs and Symbols of Madness Everywhere

Which are Routinely “Overlooked”

Do you ever wonder why interventions are NOT performed on “As Yet To Be Labelled” individuals who seem to think and talk so much like we officially labelled Loons?  Well, me too. Let's all take a closer look here shall we? Conversely, Do Labeled People ever get Better?

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What Words Mean

We may be SURE that we know what words mean but we don't always; especially if words are ambiguous abstractions, platitudes and aphorisms which we accept, without question, as signs of intelligence.

For example let's take that well know aphorism,

"You know what they say.... where there's smoke, there's fire..."

Well sometimes that is true and sometimes it isn't true. Yet it SOUNDS like an obvious truth to many who use it, and to many others who hear it.

However, there IS such a thing as a smoke bomb/grenade isn't there?

They were made for a reason (Purpose) and that is to obscure reality in one way, or another, and make use of predictable assumptions people will have about what is happening, as they will assume there IS a fire when in REALITY there is NO fire at all.

So another saying that is ALSO true, in the same kind of way, as an abstraction, in absolute terms is,

"Where there's smoke, there is no fire."

The problem is not really about who BELIEVES there is a fire OR who does NOT believe there is a fire. The problem is in the absolute TERMS in which it is discussed, and assessed, and WHO is doing the assessing. The focus is on the wrong LEVEL.

It does not matter what you want to believe or what you don't want to believe, nor is it about who is promoting the beliefs. In reality, there may, or may not, BE a fire that is the SOURCE of all that smoke. The only way to find out, is to go and look at the place which seems to be the source of all the smoke, so you can find out for sure, one way OR another.

Platitudes and aphorisms do not accurately reflect reality. More often than not they are used as thought stoppers by people who don't WANT to look directly, or too closely at what they really prefer not to see.

The next time someone invalidates what you are saying about your OWN experience, from your own point of view, with a platitude like some of these common ones,

"We must always be positive," ask the person using it to explain WHY we "must". Ask if there is anything in life that we perhaps we should be NEGATING and which we are failing to do, because we use platitudes and aphorisms to block any thinking about it.

If they fail to answer, or just roll their eyes at you, for being "negative," try telling them calmly and clearly that you believe WE need to see both sides of things and not make assumptions and that you are in fact, very POSITIVE about that.....

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If someone in fact, understands his/her own experience of reality and all the people involved in it BETTER than you do, yet you keep invalidating it or acting like the person's "interpreter" so you can make him or her "fit" into your self serving need to know better, how do you think YOU look and sound TO him/her?

For in reality, you are acting out your contempt and disdain for him/her for telling you the TRUTH you either don't like, or just don't want, to accept.

When you are on the receiving end of this stuff, you are, of course AWARE that you are being handed a load of crap about yourself. You may not know who started it or what the motivation for it really is but you DO know a load of crap when you hear it. It is not just gossip when it is about YOU is it? It is YOUR own reality, reinvented to suit others.

Those of you making others "fit" into your need to know more, try changing your OWN perspective on It and see it through the eyes and ears of those who have been reduced to "subjects."

Those of you on the receiving end of this ,

Don't try to "get though" to those who cannot or will not hear you. It's a waste of time as many of you already know. Instead talk about the construct ITSELF which prevents any REAL communication from taking place, with those who are so CERTAIN that they know, what they really don't understand at all, and do so, calmly and clearly, while you STAY focused on the principles, without getting sucked into a "personality" contest which only keeps it going just as it is now.


Riddle: what's the difference between being in ANY kind of a relationship with someone and being in any kind of a relationship ABOUT someone?

Answer: in the first case you are actually in a relationship and in the second case, you aren't.

To Homewood Staff, Psych Students and ALL of Those Who Follow Wherever They are Led, Without Question
Unlike Myself, Most of You are Very Normal

by Patricia Lefave, Monophrenic

One of my readers was telling me that he had been contacted by a professional to participate in a conference about the 'stigma' of mental illness. My reader then discovered that the professional was not really interested in hearing what was being said, just as inside the bio psychiatric system he had not seen any interest in his point of view after the first few minutes when a diagnosis was reached. In part, my answer to his experience included this and I thought I would post it here as I have heard it so frequently.

What 'stigma' means to 'them' and what it means to us is not the same thing. "They" want to get rid of the ''stigma" of 'mental illness' by training the public to become even MORE deaf to what we 'claim' happened to us involving other people, by strenuously promoting the idea that our CLAIMS are just a manifestation of a bio chemical illness 'just like diabetes.'

See the difference? We on
BOTH sides of the meaning admit to the ongoing existence of a 'stigma,' but the understanding of the actual cause of that is completely different. So, while we are using the same WORD, we do not mean the same thing, and 'OUR' side of our own experience is not invited to 'debate' it with the 'experts.' This extreme imbalance (ironically) of POWER and control is what is keeping this going.

It creates a tautological argument that has already been 'won' by the 'experts'
BEFORE our experience of it has even begun. It is also doing a damned fine job of enabling and supporting abusers who want to believe THEY represent all this is 'normal' in the world and they are therefore 'justified' in their abuse of others since we 'others' are 'abnormal.' This is especially true if the abuse is psycho-spiritual/verbal in nature as we can’t parade our 'bruises' or 'injury' in a concrete way.

 It is all about the psycho-politics.