Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Defining Normal

By Patricia Lefave, Monophrenic

In dysfunctional groups “normal” does not equate to psycho-spiritually healthy.
“Normal” equates to “common.”
That means that whatever the group consensus agrees upon as acceptable becomes ”normal' thinking and behaviour.
So, if forming a lynch mob is accepted by the group then it's normal to be part of a lynch mob and conversely ABNORMAL (anti-social) to refuse to join or even speak out against it. The 'normal' group members will then engage in mocking, ridiculing, pressuring and isolating the abnormal one for not being a 'team” player.
You know what 'they' say, “There is no 'I' in team.
Actually, there IS. And some of us have our eye on the team and its group dynamic, which is why the 'team' tries to blind us to the truth. The team members don't want anyone looking too closely at the obvious.
You see, to those of us who are on the receiving end of the group insanity, 1+1=2.
To the group members though, 1+1=11 and EVERYBODY knows THAT! So if we who 'think' that 1+1=2 don't know that, then we are to the group members stupid and /or crazy, which then justifies the group which treats us 'as if' their consensus definition of us was “reality.”

It really IS like being in two different universes; same WORDS; split MEANING.
We have trouble making sense of the senseless, and when a psychiatrist asks us if we are “having trouble making sense of things,” we most often 'admit' that.
We must be inherently flawed according to the group consensus on reality since the group is not having any trouble at all making sense of things. If this were not the case then it might mean that the group would be flawed for believing that being part of a lynch mob was normal.

How could anyone in their right mind question that?

On Popularity

Vampires are popular with other vampires because they all suck the blood of their victims TOGETHER. They also reassure each other that they can't help it it is just the way life is. They prefer to think of their blood baths as 'socializing.” It makes them FEEL better just as blood sucking makes them FEEL better and with vampires it is all about how THEY feel. They support and reinforce their beliefs in each other and call that “friendship.”
Vampires believe that they are normal too and that those who don't suck the life's blood out of others are abnormal. Vampirism therefore is “good” because they only suck the life's blood out of the 'abnormal' and therefore 'really' they are doing the world a favour. Ridding the world of defectives.....really...they are helping to save the world...right Dracula?

If only the abnormal could be more like the vampire. But unfortunately studies have now shown the abnormal suffer from  an illness known as Ex-sanguination Phobia. With a serious disorder like that[1] they are probably better off dead anyways so really, that is another good thing about being a vampire. Its the altruism which is a natural part of just being one.

If only everyone could become a blood sucker the world would be a better place. Maybe we could vote a Vampire into a political position of leadership on the next round and then they could make it mandatory for everyone to convert to Vampirism!

Why... I think that creating and defining reality for everyone really does have limitless possibilities as long as the 'right' people are the ones who tell everyone else what words really mean.

[1]  Axis II


Discover and Recover said...


This gets so complicated.
Let's see...

Maybe we could make it simple...
Yeah, we could just have a vote...

And "two wolves and a lamb can vote on what's for dinner." (Benjamin Franklin)


Keep up the great work!


Patricia said...
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Patricia said...

Thank you Duane. Happy to see you are still out there in cyberspace as well....

Duane Sherry, M.S. said...

Good to see you still out there, Patricia!