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Posted by Spratley on Monday, December 16, 2002 at 19:49:51 :
In Reply to: thanks, robot posted by trablano on Monday, December 16, 2002 at 15:47:18 :
: I actually do have a psychosis (shizophrenia), but it's kept at bay medically and most of the time I don't feel drawbacks from it. I'm pretty much sure that it doesn't originate from pain, it comes more from a time when my emotional stress was overall too high. Seeing any therapy way out for this?
Pain, stress. . . the same I think. Ask yourself what the stress is usually about. Example, could the stress of having to hold down a job and live paycheck to paycheck and keep up socially acceptable appearances be enough to trigger an episode?
Another way of describing that stress would be the pain of having to conform to the world around you when what's inside you doesn't agree with that world. Many, many people are found every day saying things like, "I don't feel like I belong in this world" or "I think I was born 200 years to late" or " I can't stand this rat race."
I read ELDRAS' definition of experienceing more pain than the mind can deal with as "The mind failing to cope with the conditions it finds itself in." Human skin can't cope with a certain high temperature. When it finds itself subjected tothat temperature it feels pain. HUman animals are social and form strong bonds with other people --they thrive on those conditions. When someone you have made a strong bond with dies, you have difficulty coping with that new conditions and you feel pain.
I have long thought about how schizophrenia is connected to the civilization we have built up around us. Plunging ourselves onto sidewalks filled with thousands of complete strangers, confining ourselves to cities and towns where we have pushed out as much of nature as possible --nature which we spent hundreds of millions of years evolving within. Forcing people to do work which is not directly related to their own survival needs. Doing away with the solar and lunar clocks under which our organism has evolved for hundreds of millions of years and forcing us to obey numbers of a black box (clock). I beleive it is quite possible that the world we have built around us is completely inconducive to certain kinds of minds. Sure, some people eat this shit up --those are your CEO's and Generals and the people who trudge to work for a lifetime and never complain.
So I focus on the part of ELDRAS' definition which alludes to a person finding themselves in a situation that they are not well suited to, which makes demands of them which stresses their coping mechanisms, and ultimately saps a person beyoond some threshold.
Stress, pain, both synonyms for the result of finding onesself in an intolerable reality. So, therapeutic remedies? Remove yourself from this thought-system and life-system which causes you to fracture and flee. Don't participate in the dominant worldview. If our culture seems to ignore or devalue nature, then build a relationship to nature. This could be as simple as picking out a tree or a brook or a birdsnest and spening ten minutes with it every day, just reflecting on it, letting whatever perceptions and thoughts about it flow through you. If the capitalist economy stresses you out, find ways to remove yourself from it. Grow a garden, develop a craft and trade your goods for the things you need. Give up telelvision, invent your own religion.
The interesting part of what ELDRAS talked about what they inserting yourself into a different understanding of reality is not necessarily pathological. Einstein created a new conception of reality and we call him a genius. You don't have to give up the shifting of realities to be healthy. You have to give up the tension that those realities suffer with the dominant reality. . .the reality that most people will insist is the real reality. Surround yourself with a calming, satisfying, healthy reality by extracting yourself form the dichotomy of "real" and "pathological." Shame will disappear, anxiety will disappear, happiness will grow. At least we should all hope it would.
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