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Subject: Re: [psysr-disc] 'Where Hell Is Other Patients'
Date: Wed, November 12, 2014 11:37 pm
My concern with your comment relates to language and phenomenology. "Mental illness" is a pseudo-scientific concoction. "Madness" is a term brought forward by Foucault which speaks to the feelings of being which may transcend the orderliness of culturally based behavior. That relates to a way of being that the Native Americans call the "beauty path." The term the client/survivor movement uses for excessive "rabid" activity is "rage." What you describe below are rage patterns that are problematic in important ways. I'm saying that compassion takes "madness" in a positive way, and such compassion is what is needed.
In Trieste where the "madness" model is employed, there are two basic "checks and balances." One is professional, where Basaglia trained the providers to be reflective about the social meaning of their "clinical gaze" based discriminatory behavior. The other relates to social behavior by the "mad," where the authorities have been trained to identify the phenomenology for what that is, to work meaningfully against violence starting from respect for the people involved.
On Wed, November 12, 2014 11:40 am, Ttt wrote:
No doubt what I'm saying may be said better. I surely do not wish to argue that you are not dealing with matters of serious concern.