This is the symbol for Psychology.
Does it look like a person shrugging their shoulders or is it just me?
I had this thought back in December, wrote it down but never did anything with it.
It is really REALLY easy to be crazy! How many of you say “That’s crazy!” when someone describes a situation you can’t believe happened? “That’s insane!” when you can’t understand why someone has done something?
It seems to be that craziness is closely linked to confusion.
You can use “crazy” positively as well, “This beat is insane!” (I know I’m listening to an “insane” beat right now) but it still means that you can’t comprehend how this beat could exist to be like this!
It’s interesting that we can label people and things as “crazy” based of off whether or not WE understand, not whether or not the person or the situation, when analyzed, makes sense and EVERYTHING makes sense it’s just whether or not we agree with the sense.
I don’t want you confusion and lack of understanding to be pushed on me! If you can’t understand me then just leave me alone. You don’t need to insult me.
I used to have no problem with saying “crazy” because I could separate it from “mental illness crazy” and non mental illness crazy. As I’ve gotten older and learned more I came to found that there is no difference. Crazy is crazy and as long as we throw it around like it’s no big deal we are giving people permission to degrade us by calling everything “weird” crazy.
I will proudly call myself crazy because I do not want words to keep my face buried in the dirt but I still can’t help but flinch when people use crazy, insane, psycho etc to describe situations and people. I’m all for taking back but it still hurts me to hear these words.
Crazy, insane, freak, psycho etc have been eliminated from my vocabulary (along with gay, “that’s so gay”, and slut, “she looks like a slut”) because it is just safer to never use them.
This does not mean that we shouldn’t talk at all about the language surrounding mental health and mental illness. We need to educate people on why these words are hurtful, how they have oppressed and which language we should be using.