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

Letting the Public Know I Suffer from Schizophrenia

When people seek mental health services from me, I routinely break what was once a cardinal sin to me early on in my recovery; I review my diagnostic history. I do this with love in my heart to help inspire recovery, however, in the process, the “s” word, “schizophrenia,” will bubble up. I do this … Continue reading Letting the Public Know I Suffer from Schizophrenia

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

When the Public Studies Mass Murder

January 7, 2017: I sit stunned in the wake of the tragedy of yesterday’s Fort Lauderdale shooting. As statements appear in the press that insinuate that these evil acts need to be avenged, I grieve for the senseless loss of life.  I grieve and I also wonder if anyone cares to understand the dilemmas that … Continue reading When the Public Studies Mass Murder

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