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Where My Mental Health Peeps At?
Here’s a mentally ill woman coming unhinged and experiencing some sort of catharsis. In public. Assume that a room full of fellow professionals agree that this woman is mentally ill, and you all are just haggling over specifics. What diagnoses would come to mind based on this video, which of course you would then seek to either rule in or rule out?
She needs help asap. NELEG pic.twitter.com/MCDDafFZRI
— Rag&Bone – Ultra Mega MAGA semi-fascist (@RagBone7) May 19, 2023
I have made some assumptions of my own — first, that this is a plain vanilla woman, always been female, etc. No funny business there. I also assume for our purposes here that this woman does not have some remarkable family association with the trans issue (such as having produced trans offspring, or such). So the craze in this woman is entirely induced by the politics of the time.
Fascinating that an issue so ludicrous can take such a grip on some people. At least with global stasis absolutists, we can understand their irrational fears that the planet might change from year to year; that stuff is scary. But trans? Really?
It’s a sickness just to go off like this in public, never you mind actually participating in the fad.
This seems related (in my opinion) to some kind of sickness or common component of many sicknesses in which people really fail to see themselves. It seems that they go through life without an internal “observer”, or at least without a competent one, so they never get the feedback that they need when they need it.
I am thinking of the world-famous People of Wal-Mart types, who seem to visit here from an island of utter non-self-awareness, showing up in your underwear, or in “revealing” nightwear at 450 lbs. on a Tuesday afternoon, or in some earnestly worn spastic outfit which over 90% of Americans would surely view as a Halloween costume.
There is something literally broken in people who dress in otherworldly fashion, or who become morbidly obese, or covered in tattoos, or mutilated by bizarre piercings and slashings, and of course genital mutilation and male/female confusion. At some level, it’s the same piece that’s broken in all of these people.
I presume that there are depression and coping mechanisms that propel the unfortunate into increasingly eccentric behavior, but that’s just a layman’s rough-fit working theory.
I literally ask: what’s wrong with these people? The effect is a surprisingly similar “failure to thrive,” which is part of where I get off calling it all illness.
Feel free to address as much or as little of this as you care to. I’ve rambled, and it’s not as though I’ve tried writing this befuddlement down before. The question about the lady in the video is really restricted to the bizarre experience she is going through in the video. What is that?Published in General
‘Hysteria’ is much out of fashion, but that’s what I’m gonna go with.
The discussion on Patriots.win: This is democrat Nebraska State Senator Machaela Cavanaugh who has been drinking the woke kool-aid of insanity. This is not a loop. There is an ending
What else might she have been drinking?
Our current culture encourages narcissism.
There are plenty of mentally and morally inadequate people out there who know they are. Or people who may be reasonably adequate, but have doubts.
There is a feedback loop between the narcissism and the moral/intellectual inadequacy. This results in what amounts to live action role-playing as an intellectually and morally superior person.
So you look for a cause. Almost by definition, the cause is likely bat [REDACTED] crazy. If it wasn’t, people would already be advocating for it, and many of them would be demonstrably intellectually, and morally your superiors in other aspects of their lives.
If the cause is not inherently completely crazy, you must take it to bat [REDACTED] crazy levels to demonstrate your superiority over those already advocating for it, or for a lesser version of it.
Because you are live action, role-playing, the illusion is easy to shatter. Thus, you must be particularly aggressive, such as this crazy woman chanting, so that no one can break the illusion. The aggressiveness may also be to help differentiate you from all the other people already on board with the bat [REDACTED] crazy cause.
It used to be that Christianity offered refuge to the person who felt morally inadequate. However, Christianity has been unable to fulfill the more recent narcissistic desires of such people.
While ‘manias’ have appeared episodically throughout history, they have become more frequent and widespread since the dawn of the Internet. The technology is NOT merely surveillance. It would be dangerous enough if it was. But it actively changes the behavior of its targets. Facebook Instagram TikTok et al provide a constant loop of surveillance – analysis – behavior modification designed to make ooodles of money by selling things for advertisers. But that loop can manipulate behaviors beyond which toothpaste or shoes to buy. They manipulated a presidential election in 2020. I believe the “trans” phenomenon is another example.
I’m fairly certain that video is a near literal translation of the messaging being pumped into her brain by the Internet 18 hours a day.
Apparently, this woman, Nebraska state senator Machaela Cavanaugh, has been filibustering the state senate since early February, vowing to stop the passage of any Nebraska bill, even those she supports, because she wants to stop a proposed bill banning so-called “gender affirming care” for those 18 and under. Hence the repetition and the shrieking. Multiple reports at the three-week, six-week, seven-week stage indicated the end of the filibuster, but–like that bloody song at the end of Titanic–Machaela just goes On. And. On.
She single-handedly brought state governance to a halt.
The above is just reportage and should not be taken to indicate the commenter’s position on the woman’s mental health. She clearly has a screw loose. So to speak.
I’m no rocket psychologist, but I think I have a correct (as far as it goes) layman’s understanding of this woman’s mental disorder.
Her condition begins with arrested personality development. ctlaw mentioned “narcissism” and he’s right on track. Every human early in his development has a perception of the real world in which his experiences are at the center, except that “center” implies that there is something “not-center”, and that isn’t quite right. His experiences are all there is.
Her development stopped well short of her maturing fully into a well-functioning adult.
There’s more to it. Especially, a pathological social process impinged upon this woman that she was vulnerable to because of her pre-existing mental and emotional incapacity.
But I sense there is a woman upstairs who is in acute need of coffee. I must leave you with the above incomplete thoughts.
Huffing the woke spray paint too, probably.
A random thought – “these” people have just too much time on their hands. They should have some demanding something like survival that requires their ongoing attention and some hard physical work. They should be too tired at the end of the day to plan such shenanigans.
Kind of like a, um…
Straighten up people, Bryan’s here!
Is She single?
She’s a bully. A mean person who is trying to use force rather than persuasion to get her way.
In Roald Dahl’s The BFG, there’s a scene in which there is a jar on a shelf on the wall that contains a miniature madman who never stops hopping around shrieking. No one opens the jar. At the time it was published in 1982, reviewers said the madman was an allusion to Hitler.
The Brits have always tried to make the truth vividly clear that a hopping-around-mad Hitler is bad, and a calm and steady C. S. Lewis is good.
God save the Brits. :)
I diagnose an acute case of leftism.
There is a longing deep inside all people to belong.
For conservatively minded people with their mindset this means certain things: (insert list of things conservatively minded people do here). For left leaning people this means something else.
What she is doing is expressing her longing to be part of a club. If she wants to belong she has to go through the ritual to join. She needs to do something for people to notice her. They they will praise her and welcome her into the club.
In Africa (some parts) a male youth has to go into the bush and kill a lion. They he becomes a man. Added benefit: he gets to wear the skin around for all to see. (You get your mom to clean the skin first since it is crawling with critters).
Of course no-one mentions that he had to go house to house earlier ringing a bell to collect some coins to pay the village matriarch to circumcise him with an unsterilized knife. Yeah, we just don’t talk about that.
Nice lionskin you got there. Welcome to the club. Have a beer.
Moral Panic Contamination
It is ugly, it victimizes people and those who kicked it off ought to be punished but won’t be.
In some Philosophy class in college, we read a little book about Causation.
EODmom, your proposed Cause for this type of nervous breakdown–“Too much time on their hands”–triggers the fetch, from long-term memory, of an erudite-sounding term from that reading which stuck with me.
I think I have subconsciously been waiting for a moment when I could put this knugget of knowledge to use in everyday problem-solving, to justify my investment in higher education and give the lie to the public’s dismissal of Philosophy as a pastime pathetically lacking in practical application.
The jargonite is “INUS Condition“. Insufficient but Necessary part of an Unnecessary but Sufficient Condition.
Supposedly that is what a Cause is.
Sounds like a snooty way to say “good thinking, but wrong.”
What a letdown!
Bryan, we were expecting something very clinical and mystifyingly arcane from you.
I don’t know the psychiatric term for what we are all experiencing right now, but I am tempted to just make one up, given that we can’t really count on you any more as an expert.
Something like that.
Demon possession seems a better explanation than “mental illness,” whatever that is.
It seems to me that the medicalization of human spirituality is a mistake. I don’t think that there’s any such thing as a human mind, or a human psyche, as distinct from the human spirit. I think that these are different words for the same thing.
If this is correct, and if humans are indeed spiritual beings, then every approach that rejects our spiritual nature is necessarily wrong. Building on a foundation of sand, we might say. Some approaches may be somewhat effective, as a matter of trial-and-error, but the explanations behind those methods will be wrong.
Can you come up with a practical logitarian construction?
In all flemsitarian manifestness? Yes, as logitarianly as is cremsicly portunate. In a word, no, i.e., notteringly.
FYI, portunate is a real word. It’s the adjectival form of an open vestibule or a gallery or a covered platform adjoined to the front of a house.
Yep, it’s a perfectly cromulent word.
The “erasure” of transgenders is like “systemic racism”-nonexistent persecutions heroically opposed at zero risk by empty people desperate for a moral buzz to infuse self-esteem. I agree with commenters who detect a strong whiff of narcissism but this is a variant that seems to arise most often in people without the character and disposition to accept, fulfill and enjoy life.
The people who fought against real racism were not twits because twits don’t fight substantive enemies.
She looks like a hell of a time
Histrionic personality disorder is what you’re looking for
I realize that’s a metaphor, but…
I think we’re seeing a combination of:
So it’s not just her on doing this on her own.
She has breached an internal limit which serves to protect her. That limit will have baan adaptive across time, so that those who are not raucously, recklessly, offensively annoying ten to survive long enough to reproduce, whereas proto-people like her get killed. Variation says that a wide variety of behaviors are generated, but selection says that most of them are unsuccessful.
There may be no such thing as a canonical sanity — think of a truncated pyramid for which, upon closer inspection, the vertices rising from the corners of the base will actually never align to a single apex — so we can all see where the apex should roughly be, but nobody can nail down a specific point, because it’s not possible. Yet none of the rising vertices curl about or lean to the outside. Some things are clearly out of bounds and rapidly eliminated. Like this woman in less indulgent, less decadent, less screaming insane times.
Well, is this the new sanity? Nope. It’s not sustainable and will collapse. The question is how much of sanity and civilization it gets to take with it when it goes.
I agree that this is induced in her by her environment. But she is a receptive host to this aberrant behavior, and that receptivity to appallingly bad ideas is a mental problem — in this case it has flourished into full-blown demonstrative mental illness.