Excerpt from Special Messages Book, Chapter Seventeen, Anti-Stigma Cognition for Social Rehabilitation

Philosophy of Reality that Promotes Anti-Stigma Cognition: In order to sell the good parts of cognitive therapy as a tool for social rehabilitation, I have had to create an underlying philosophy about what reality is. This is a model that can come up at various points in individual and group therapy as a means of … Continue reading Excerpt from Special Messages Book, Chapter Seventeen, Anti-Stigma Cognition for Social Rehabilitation

Stigma

Jargonizing the Stigma Concept: Stigma is a mysterious external process that becomes internal that all message receivers face. Though stigma works in many different ways, I think it is particularly astounding and deceptive that it is not considered part of the definition of all forms of schizophrenia disorders. In my mind including it in the … Continue reading Stigma

Nine Social Skills Continued

Nine Social Skills I Developed for Myself: Though in developing these social skills, I initially took a stab at writing from a universal perspective, I have had enough experience running them by people in groups to recognize that many of these are personal. Mad people are very diverse. As a result, the following are meant … Continue reading Nine Social Skills Continued

Nine Social Skills

To avoid punishment, message receivers will need to build relationships with people who socially sanction the message experience. Social functioning will often require that the message receiver engage in relationships that are in the culture of the “normal” consensus reality. In fact, by the time many message receivers make it into a group many are … Continue reading Nine Social Skills

The Special Messages Project

LEARNING QUESTIONS Learning Question One: How do in-reach efforts that connect residents of board and care homes, single room occupancy (SRO) hotels and unlicensed boarding houses to social and recreational opportunities in and outside of the facility reduce social isolation and improve quality of life for isolated adults and older adults with serious mental illness? … Continue reading The Special Messages Project

Social Sanctions (excerpted)

Jargonizing the Social Sanctions Construct: Consider this construct a commentary on the ineffectiveness of punishing retaliation reactions with irrational and endless social sanctions. In jargonizing this construct, I have had a lot of success in uniting message receivers behind the idea that their history of treatment experiences basically feel like punishment. Sure some can evade … Continue reading Social Sanctions (excerpted)

Retaliation Reactions

Jargonizing the Retaliation Reaction Construct: This chapter’s construct consists of natural reactions that come up for message receivers as a result of acting as though their message experiences are the dominant reality. Retaliation reactions can be as minor as a facial response: a glare, or a laugh; and in more dramatic occasions can involve actions … Continue reading Retaliation Reactions

Tricksters

Jargonizing the Trickster Concept: The symbol of the trickster in Native American Navajo culture is the coyote. The coyote is a revered as a con, a sign of witchcraft, or a type of bad omen that will lead you into trouble and is very powerful. A trickster, as I am using it, is a predictive … Continue reading Tricksters