Human psychology is obviously poignantly relevant to the intelligence explosion, therefore a true explanation of human psychology is needed, thus I shall explain Anti-Psychiatry.
Throughout the past 12 months I wanted to write an Anti-Psychiatry explanation, regarding the intelligence explosion, but I could never summon the motivation. Thanks to David Pearce I have been nudged into writing this article. David published a link on Google+ regarding how "music therapy may help depression". My following essay is is an edited and embellished version of comments I made in response to David Pearce and his cyber-friends. My comments may not be visible on Google+ due to user-name censorship issues in regarding the account I used to make the comments.
I published this too early before I finished editing these rough notes, but what the hell I'll leave it online and then maybe I will be compelled to finish it quicker.
I don't downplay the enormous suffering of emotionally disturbed people.
The foundations of this subject can be epitomized via a quotation regarding Jiddu Krishnamurti who said: "It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society." This sentiment by Jiddu has also been similarly stated by the renowned psychologist Dr Erich Fromm in his book The Sane Society: "Alienated psychiatrists will define mental health in terms of the alienated personality, and therefore consider healthy what might be considered sick from the standpoint of normative humanism." Fromm is criticizing the "sociological relativism" viewpoint, which deems anything compatible with current sociological norms is healthy, thus mental health from the traditional psychiatry viewpoint deems conformity as healthy even if the conformity is to great barbarity, irrationality, and cruelty.
My point is that our whole society is psychologically sick, our civilization is mentally ill. Our civilization is plagued by mass psychosis. The so-called "normal people" able to cope with the horror of civilization are the truly disturbed people, but the people who desperately need help are the so-called "abnormal people". "Abnormal people" are actually mentally healthy people (healthy from the anti-psychiatric viewpoint) because they cannot cope, and due to their awareness their suffering is extreme thus they need help. Anti-psychiatry definitions are confusing because everyone is insane. There is confusion due to the mixed meanings but hopefully you can comprehend my points. The world is insane therefore we all need help but the sane people ("sane" from the anti-psychiatric viewpoint) need more help because their awareness of the truth regarding reality makes their suffering exceptionally painful. Unaware people are less in need of help but there is a serious problem because it is largely unaware people who are giving help therefore due to their unawareness of the problem the help they give does more harm than good. The problem revolves around the insanity perpetuated by unaware people. Unaware people who have no real conception that they are deeply disturbed are causing immense havoc and cruelty in the world. Unaware people ("normal" people from the traditional psychiatric viewpoint) are extremely sick, they inflict their vile sickness onto everybody which causes greatest suffering for people who are aware.
The suffering of "mentally ill" people ("ill" from the the traditional psychiatric viewpoint) is very real, extremely real. Emotionally disturbed people endure pure agony, they experience horrific mental torment, but I insist the people within our inhuman world who are actually insane are people who aren't disturbed by the horror of civilization. So-called "normal people" are actually insane. The people who can function normally are the true gibbering psychopathic lunatics. The genetic predisposition to being emotionally disturbed is a valuable trait (mental problems gave early humans an edge). Penny Spikins, University of York archaeologist states: "I think that part of the reason Homo sapiens were so successful is because they were willing to include people with different minds in their society - people with autism or schizophrenia, for example."
Help is desperately needed for people who are suffering mentally, but the type of help given is often very unsatisfactory due to mistaken assumptions of sanity regarding the person giving help. There is an flawed assumption of sanity applicable to the minds of the people trying to give help. The "helpers" are not noticeably emotionally disturbed but they are very deeply insane. The helpers are sickeningly irrational, they are very dangerous. Mental health professionals and other associated people (helpers) commonly exhibit severely disordered thought processes, a psychotic trait similar to all so-called "normal" people. The "helpers" possess minds which are intransigently relentless regarding an illogical insistence upon correctness of their pseudo-normality. All intelligent people feel excruciating despair regarding being trapped in our benighted civilization (circa 2011). The despair of intelligence arises because within this civilization there is no requirement for intelligence; intelligence is obsolete thus morons are a hideous blight upon our collective existence. There is no hope thus hope must be created. Contrary to extremely depressing circumstances intelligent people must fight against overwhelming hopelessness to create hope. Hope is being created in the most inhospitable of circumstances. Fabricated hope bolsters intelligent people somewhat regarding the existential horror of reality. Intelligent people can also insulate themselves from the rabble via affluence.
EDITING IN PROGRESS... PAUSED DUE TO DEPRESSION
Mental illness is method of oppression.
The Rosenhan Experiment
The Myth of Mental Illness
Wineville Chicken Coop Murders - Christine and Walter Collins
Martha Mitchell Effect
The Games People Play
The Milgram Experiment
Consider the Rosenhan experiment, and anti-psychiatry. I am convinced mental illness is merely a term for people who ideologically cannot function within a irrational social-system (our current civilization).
A percentage of people who cannot function within a inhuman society will become emotionally disturbed. Various aspects of society, most notably via Government approved doctors and departments of heath, will push people disturbed by the inhumanity of civilization into being "a patient" with an "illness", which would theoretically be good if actual help was given but no real help is given to mentally ill people. The Government via its medical establishments will commonly implement a programme of persecution towards mentally ill people. The medical community generally has no sympathy for mentally ill people therefore mentally ill people are treated with less medical respect than so-called "normal people". In addition to deficient or incorrect help, all the ostracising baggage of the "mentally ill" label is lumped onto the aware person who is suffering deeply due to being lost in a horrifying civilization. Mentally ill people are essentially scapegoats for the insanity of civilisation thus mentally ill people are psychologically abused in subtle ways by so-called normal people. Mentally ill people allow the majority of people to maintain their illusory sanity and this is the principle scapegoat role mentally ill people play.
Mental illness is the prostitution of emotionally disturbed people. It is a form of psychological prostitution which serves to maintain illusionary normality for the majority of people (the irrational masses).
Turning the world upside down
A mortally wounded Kurtz whispers his poignant last words: "The horror ... the horror ..."
Dear I don't downplay the suffering.
The suffering is very real regarding emotionally disturbed people, but in our inhuman world I would say that *the people who are actually insane* are the people who are not disturbed by the horror of civilization. So-called "normal people" are actually insane. The genetic predisposition to being emotionally disturbed is a valuable trait.
What needs to be edited out is the genetic predisposition to being "normal"; and then once everyone is sensitive to the horror of civilization we can begin to address the actual cause of people being emotionally or perceptually disturbed. The causality is our inhuman way of cruel life.
The code allowing humans to equanimously tolerate an inhuman (insensitive) way of life is the truly nasty code. Sangfroid regarding the horror of civilization is the *real insanity*, which we need to edit out. Emotional sensitivity is not the problem. The bias of assuming poor mental health is a "genetic problem" is an assumption is comparable to assuming mortality is a problem with being alive thus the solution to mortality is to execute people. It doesn't matter how many studies are done to prove a thesis if the people conducting the studies are insane and unaware of their insanity; such proofs prove only the insanity of the so-called scientists.
Insanity *may* be a genetic problem for some people but genetic etiology can only be determined once civilization is sane, and while civilization is currently insane (inhuman) it is more likely than not that all instances or poor mental health *are healthy responses to a mental unhealthy environment.*
When your society is cruel and inhumane it is healthy and sane to be emotionally disturbed.
No , what I'm stating is that the definition of mental illness is backwards. Dr Erich Fromm described how alienated psychiatrists will define "mental sickness" as "mental health" and "mental health" will be deemed "insane".
The point is is that "wrong" is being falsely defined as "right" but despite those flawed definitions, right and wrong both exist.
? your example of catatonic schizophrenia does not mean catatonic schizophrenia is a mental illness. There is a strong possibility that catatonic schizophrenia is a sane and very rational (mentally healthy) response to an insane civilization.
The mistake made by Establishment psychiatrists and psychologists, when they consider the creation of "mental illnesses", is that they assume civilization is faultless but in fact I'm firmly convinced our flawed civilization is the principle cause of so-called "mental illnesses". Our civilization is *VERY* far from perfect but *Establishment voices* refuse to see how our deeply inhuman way of life impacts severely, very negatively, upon our mental health.
The current Establishment viewpoint is that whatever is compatible with the Establishment is correct, and anything anti-Establishment is wrong, but that Establishment ideology disregards logic-rationality. For example if the majority of people, backed by the Establishment, thought homosexuality was a form mental illness then homosexuality would be an mental illness, which not very long ago in history it was a mental illness. The question is this: was homosexuality mistakenly classified as a mental illness? If homosexuality was mistakenly classified, then perhaps also there are other mistaken psychiatric definitions? The current *sociological relativism* viewpoint of the Establishment is very wrong. Hopefully super intelligent machines will evolve before humans can do too much damage regarding their flawed notions of right and wrong.
?, when you mention "paranoid schizophrenia" regarding *disorderly thought* you make the mistake of assuming civilization is ordered. The illusory order of civilization is illusory normality, which causes people to think they are sane when they are actually insane. The problem with the vast majority of humans is that they are suffering from *Mass Psychosis*.
"Order" is relative. Order from the viewpoint of a lunatic will be deemed disorderly from the viewpoint of sane people. The question is who is "sane" and who is "insane"? Can you truly be sure you are sane? Insane people often think they are sane therefore merely thinking you are sane does mean you are actually sane.
Is it really correct that high functioning people (those who can cope with the daily horror of civilization in a supposedly "orderly" manner) are actually sane? From the sociological relativism viewpoint it's "normal" to accept and tolerate unperturbed the possibility of being robbed or attacked whenever you are out on the streets, which is why we live in an excessively secure world where everything must be locked (locked homes, cars, bikes, computers, phones).
The normality of having a deep distrust of other people is most poignantly embodied in the concept of "money". Money regulates the deep distrust humans have for other humans. Murder is a daily occurrence (http://www.google.com/search?aq=f&hl=en&gl=uk&tbm=nws&btnmeta_news_search=1&q=murder) and war is also reasonably common therefore given our fundamentally inhuman structure of civilization we can state civilization is fundamentally insane, but people are habituated to the insanity thus the horror seems "normal" because most people are actually insane. The *sane* and *honest* response to our inhuman civilization of cruelty, murder, war, theft, and greed would be to breakdown emotionally, to despair, to become unhinged, to be disturbed, to have so-called "disordered thoughts", to be tormented by the deep horror of life.
Hope that makes sense, I may edit this for greater clarity... later.
Perhaps Tony Blair or Bush should have been detained due to their poor mental health because considering the amount of innocent women and children killed in Iraq and Afghanistan Tony Blair is far more dangerous than any so-called psychopath. Tony Blair is a *"dangerous person".*
90,000 civilian deaths is a conservative estimate. The santcions prior to the Iraq war which ultimately disposed of Saddam alledgedly killed many children.
UNICEF estimates a total of 500,000 children killed due to the sanactions and war: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iraq_sanctions#Estimates_of_deaths_during_sanctions
Not one single mentally ill person has ever come close to killing such as large amount of children. Mentally ill people who very rarely kill people are weak and oppressed people whereas powerful people such as leaders of countries are never classified as being insane.
Political leaders are FAR MORE DANGEROUS than so-called "mentally ill people". I would say the real mentally ill people are the so called "normal people" who are complicit in our insane Governance. "Normal" people who vote for so-called "normal leaders" are the biggest danger, they far more dangerous than the official definition of a mentally "dangerous person".
Establishment definitions are biased.
Dear , regarding your earlier comment: "Clearly there are legitimate and illegitimate causes for causing bodily harm. And this is where politics enters the picture."
The problem is that all psychopaths think they have legitimate reasons for their actions. Psychopaths think they are being logical and that their actions are entirely justifiable. What is legitimate and illegitimate can be a gray area, very open to individual interpretation. At one point in history it was legitimate (legal) to persecute Black slaves. Merely because something is currently legitimate this does not mean it is absolutely right, people can be deluded, people can be mistaken. Maybe today there are errors comparable to the Fugitive Slave Act but because people are insane they cannot see the harm they cause?
Ryan Carey wrote: "I still don't understand. I share your conviction that society is insane. I share your conviction that the world is irrational. And I'd love if people would point that out more often. It would seem that I'm a perfect candidate to accept your views. What would help me to do that is if you could provide evidence. Here's mine: people with schizophrenia behave in a way that would, on the face of it, appear stark raving mad. Take the person who cuts open his head to remove a transistor that he thinks is controlling his mind. He says he knows he is being mind-controlled. When he talks about it, his heart rate goes up, he starts sweating, and his words flow faster. He's obviously anxious.To me, the simplest explanation is that he truly holds this belief about mind-control. Your competing explanation seems to be that he is acting out of a profound sense of irony. He is acting insanely to draw attention to the insanity of ordinary society. There are obvious problems here. If he is acting out of a sense of irony, he has at least never said it. So you would have to explain why he wants to draw attention to society but without telling anyone about it. And then, one ought to draw attention to the insanity of society by laying low and being as ordinary as possible, rather than distracting everyone by getting oneself locked up in an institution!"
"I'll spin on a dime if you can find that schizophrenic patients overwhelmingly self-report drawing attention to the insanity of society as the justification for their acts."
NOTES: Harassment hurts other people what is "harassment" is often wrongly defined. Something can be defined as harassment when it is merely unconventional. Some types of behaviors are mistakenly defined as harassment, occasionally.