Tag Archives: Mental Health

1961: The Disaster of Everyday Life

The distinction between “disaster” and “normal” conditions is implicit in most treatments of disaster behavior. The everyday, ongoing life of the society is usually equated with the “normal,” and those conditions that result from disaster are viewed as “abnormal” and … Continue reading

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2006: WHEN I AM WITH PEOPLE I AM BOTHERED BY HEARING VERY QUEER THINGS

WHEN I AM WITH PEOPLE I AM BOTHERED BY HEARING VERY QUEER THINGS I went to the pillar-box I never saw a worse-looking house in town or in hunting zones “welcome to girly hell” turn her out because her necklace … Continue reading

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1970: Knots

A selection from R. D. Laing’s Knots (1970). Here is another: Mother loves me because she is good I am bad, to think she is bad therefore if I am good she is good and loves me because I am … Continue reading

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1961: Schizoanalysis

“The salvation of our world lies in the hands of the maladjusted.” MLK speaks at the 1961 Transportation Workers Union convention: There are certain words in every academic discipline which soon become stereotypes and clichés. Every [academic] discipline has its … Continue reading

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2009: Prescription

Margaret Owen: Daily Painting #214 (2009) (source)

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1924: That’s What the Leaves Murmured

Diaz’s Forest In a forest painted by Diaz, a little motherkin and her child stood still. They were now a good hour from the village. Gnarled trunks spoke a primeval tongue. The mother said to her child: “In my opinion, … Continue reading

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1942: The Man Who Lost his Head

Claire Huchet Bishop: The Man Who Lost His Head (1942); illustration by Robert McCloskey.

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2001: Hardhat

Larry Keating’s hardhat. Keating, a member of Iron Workers Local 40, was a foreman during the cleanup of of wreckage and debris from the World Trade Center following 9/11. (source) The men — Larry Keating, Danny Doyle, Mike Emerson and … Continue reading

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2014: Interwoven with Others

In a 2014 study, Tanya Luhrmann found that when people hear voices in their heads, the personae and tone of those voices are shaped by culture; in the United States, the voices are threatening and severe, but in Africa and … Continue reading

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1321: Kleptomania

In Some Observations Made in Travelling Through France, Italy, &c. in the Years 1720, 1721 and 1722, Edward Wright relates being told in Florence about one of Dante’s bad habits: This great man, we are told, had a most unhappy … Continue reading

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