What do you know?

Filed under:Random notes — posted by Schizostroller on July 12, 2019 @ 3:43 pm

Someone said to me “If you know so much about mental health, how come you are still living at the state’s expense”

I tried saying, just because you are a cancer specialist doesn’t mean you won’t get cancer.

But that was ‘too biological’ an analogy

I tried explaining that ironically what i know explains more about how come not just me, but a lot of people are not just still at the state’s expense, but need to be, rather than any magical voluntarist self-help cure.

But it wasn’t enterpreneurial, hard work of personal recovery enough a ‘story’ for him.

So i said ‘it’s like in business… it’s not what you know, it’s who you know’

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The traumatic power struggle withing mental health

Filed under:Random notes — posted by Schizostroller on June 25, 2019 @ 6:24 am

An article I contributed to for the Morning Star


“ONE of the most vitriolic power struggles between professional groups is happening now and goes to the very essence of what is, or is not, mental illness.

Squaring off against each other are those who believe in a biomedical or genetic basis to mental illness (in the main, psychiatrists) and those who believe mental illness is a natural response to a threat or trauma (mainly psychologists).

At the root of it, is the battle between professions for legitimacy. Who should be controlling the narrative and who should be informing policy? Yet forgotten are the service users who are most affected by such policy arguments at this level.

The result is a confused message about mental health. For all the campaigns to reduce stigma for those with a mental illness, there is a significant crowd of voices rubbishing the very idea of mental illness, whether it is biological or from trauma

continue reading: https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/f/traumatic-power-struggle-within-mental-health


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Kerplunk assemblages and unrecovery

Filed under:Random notes — posted by Schizostroller on June 21, 2019 @ 7:47 am

Some unrecovery analogy imagery:

We have all played Kerplunk I hope. But as a recap there is a tube with holes, sticks are crisscrossed holding up some balls, and the trick is to remove the sticks without all the balls falling.

Our mental health is like a game of Kerplunk, and our issues are a combination of the balls and sticks. ‘Recovery’ is the ability to remove the sticks without the balls falling. As a slight adaptation to this analogy some of the balls can be removed by moving sticks, and ‘life’ adds balls all the time. The sticks are ‘safety’ adaptations that stop all the balls falling at once.

This game of Kerplunk is mostly played by us alone (in our own minds), so in this analogy the game is played in a room on your own. But we can always hear people telling us which sticks we ‘should’ remove, whilst we are sitting there looking at the problem, even though these people are not in the room with us. Government policy also demands we remove sticks, and moreover can add balls (as can other aspects of life), as well as remove sticks if we don’t keep an eye on them.

Unrecovery practices are an ad hoc practice, that is a temporary solution to keep control of our own Kerplunk game, knowing that a wrong move can send all the balls falling. ‘Bad’ recovery is procrustean and insists on this or that stick must be removed, and then blames you when the balls fall. ‘Good’ Recovery, and other therapeutic practices, listens to your knowledge of what you can see of the game, and merely supports you with your autonomy whilst you play the game. This latter ideal however from our observation seems to be at odds with current government policy and market/ capitalist needs, as it doesn’t meet the outcomes measures of outside forces.

For those who don’t know the term, that I have added some changes to the games with sticks and balls being added and removed whilst you play, like a Heath Robinson machine, is what is called an assemblage. Unrecovery is an ad hoc practice with which to deal with such an assemblage.

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Jumpshadow Disease

Filed under:Random notes — posted by Schizostroller on April 23, 2019 @ 8:04 am

If there is anything it is permitted to do it is to jump up and down on your own shadow in the sun going ‘stupid fucking shadow’.

It may well be pointless but…

To disapprove of it and attempt to stop it is a sure sign of authoritarian tendencies and even more pointless.

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The lie

Filed under:Random notes — posted by Schizostroller on @ 7:10 am

That time when you found the dead body of the wanted killer in the road and pretended you had done it.

It was the only way you could claim any power and fame in this small town.

The media frenzy may have seemed worth it, but after it died down you were just left with the lie.

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More on chagrin and Weltschmerz

Filed under:Random notes — posted by Schizostroller on March 22, 2019 @ 12:08 pm

That chagrin and Weltschmerz thing where you repeatedly speak of the devil and Christians turn up to represent… again and again and again and again.
Can only happen in an authoritarian nexus

(and I hadn’t even mentioned religion… just people who deny the right to defend against capricious, victim blaming authoritarianism in general)

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More on oblique strategies

Filed under:Random notes — posted by Schizostroller on @ 11:38 am

There is an anecdote that goes something like this… Bertrand Russell had just given a lecture on solipsism and had asked for questions, and an audience member piped up and said “I’m so glad you’re a solipsist because I am one too”. So it is with much chagrin and weltschmerz that I must report that upon holding forth on the use of oblique strategies as a cognitive technique to get you out of puddle thinking, especially when one finds oneself in a toxic authoritarian nexus with victim blaming gammons telling you with extreme prejudice what you should be thinking and believing, what is permitted to understand (a priori) and what isn’t…

That a voice form the audience piped up and said “Well, that’s your fault for using oblique strategies”.

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On the nature of oblique strategies

Filed under:Random notes — posted by Schizostroller on @ 10:49 am

When I come up with my oblique strategies (or poetry), I don’t necessarily, in fact very rarely, have any specific individuals in mind.
So you can be doubly sure they are not about who YOU think they are about.
In fact if you are convinced they are about someone, even if you are stupid enough to be adamant that I am meaning one individual or another when I know I am not, the fact will remain it will always be what YOU think of that individual.

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Oops!

Filed under:Random notes — posted by Schizostroller on December 2, 2018 @ 12:50 pm

She said “I can do what I like”

“yeah” the pragmatist yawned “as long as you convince yourself you wouldn’t ‘like’ to do anything that challenges social convention too much (especially those outside the sanctions of your privilege) – had you tried you would have found that there ARE obstacles to such desires” as he threw another copy of Atlas Shrugged on the fire to keep warm now the electricity had been cut off (like Ayn Rand collecting social security struggling with lung cancer, as her disciples abandon her, one of whom goes on to head the World Bank in the 2008 economic crisis)

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The X files are out there

Filed under:Random notes — posted by Schizostroller on November 28, 2018 @ 6:50 pm

Is the joke of the Fermi paradox

That we can only parse our own Lebensweld linguistically (more or less, but not much more, definitely less)

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image: detail of installation by Bronwyn Lace