From: Gerald O'Connell <goc.nul> Date: Tue, 17 Apr 2012 01:01:17 +0100 Archived: Tue, 17 Apr 2012 10:16:34 -0400 Subject: Re: Ufology And Psychiatry - Summary Contributors to and readers of this thread might like to consider the following points: - Mental illness is as common and ubiquitous as physical illness. - Like physical illness, mental illness exists on a spectrum from the extremely mild (often unnoticed) to the extremely severe. - Everybody suffers from from mental illness: mild aversions and phobias are forms of mental illness. - It is an unfortunate social convention that mental illnesses are generally only recognised as such when the resultant dysfunction reaches a certain level of nuisance to other persons. - Societal sanctions against the extreme nuisance caused by some forms of severe mental illness are so draconian that there is a general background fear of being classified as mentally ill. This fear results in the stigma commonly attached to mental illness. - The stigma attached to mental illness acts as a strong social barrier to the recognition, discussion and understanding of mental illness. - The terms used for types and classes of mental illness often conceal the 'spectrum nature' of the phenomenon and disguise its complexity. I would draw particular attention to the concept of 'nuisance' in all of this. When issues of mental illness are raised in connection with highly unusual experiences, it is always worth standing back from the bare facts of the experience and pausing to consider this factor and the ways it which can affect what is reported, how (or whether) it is reported, and resultant responses. Gerald O'Connell http://www.saatchionline.com/gacoc Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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