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Response to Mental Abnormalities

neonihil asked: Can we call paranoiac schizophrenics happy people, self-satisfied personalities? Because their imagination creates everything necessary for their personal needs. It's not real, but is it that important, if they are fully satisfied? from that, can Buddhism "enlightenment" be sort of schizophrenia? (that's basically what led me to this thought)

Oh! I almost lept out of my chair when cebus_albifrons mentioned the social relativism of the DSM! Sometimes I wonder if arcane tribes would ascribe the role of mystic seer to those the West labels schizo. Interesting...

I would like to submit an amateur case study. My neighbor is paranoid schizophrenic and I interact with her at least once a day, if not more often when she leaves me 4 voicemails! I have concluded that her dissatisfaction in life is as much a result of the so-called disorder within her as it is caused by so-called normal people's interaction with her. It amazes me how many of my neighbors "friends" tell me they love her but 'can't deal with her'. To me that indicates the normal people lack the social skills necessary to interact with abnormal people, and vice versa.

I realize my last statement strikes at the heart of everything I read in psychological books, and objective psychologists are screaming, but I have given this case some thought and my relationship with my neighbor changed my opinion. My subjective experience and its changes on my opinion are why psychologists stay so distant from their clients. ;)

In regards any possible link between abnormal mental ability and enlightenment, I would say such a connection is possible. I would argue that schizo people are genetically disposed towards extrasensory states just as much as math geniuses are genetically disposed with mental abstraction. I believe data exists for the later in genetic, IQ and other achievement testing.

I say that "I would argue" this way, but have not completely formulated a rational argument. The book that exposed me to this connection was Joseph Chilton Pearce's "The Crack in the Cosmic Egg". He proposes that autistic thinking allows scientists and philosophers to achieve epiphanies.