So I was looking around the internet for stuff on emotional maturity, and found some guys paper or whatever it is! I skim it, find it so-so, and then way down the pages, the last thing it says is:
“Two prominent psychiatrists, Glasser and Harrington, did a study of patients in a mental hospital, and came up with the following opinion:
‘There is no such thing as mental illness. These are people who have mastered the art of irresponsibility. They pass the buck to other people. There is a moment when they have an opportunity to choose their course of behavior. Some people are childlike, never having grown up. They must be taught to assume responsibility for their own behavior. When they start a tantrum, command them STOP THAT! YOU’RE ACTING CRAZY!’
Isn’t that just a sound slap in the face of anyone who’s struggling, day for fucking day, to live with the mess their life is?! Where did those psychiatrists get their diplomas? Won it at the lottery?
It’s not like I don’t agree with the statement that there are people who’re childlike and function on the emotional level a child would. I’m probably one of them. But it’s not like that’s a decision because I’m an irresponsible dumbfuck who figures why take the hard way when I can just act crazy! Gosh, I feel like this is among the most disrespectful things I’ve ever heard drs say! Like “Stop that! You’re acting crazy!” is gonna make an iota of a difference. The paper claims 70 % of the patients treated by them were able to live happily ever after once they were done being treated, but somehow I doubt it. They probably claimed to be healed to finally escape the nutjob shrinks. I sure would have!