Friday, March 07, 2014
(The definition of Sanity = soundness and health of the human mind)
Since I started learning about the Principles, my view of mental health has changed so much. This is my attempt at sharing something I’ve realised, which has been very helpful.
Imagine that mental health is on a line or continuum. At one end is what a mental health professional might describe as healthy mental functioning where you are labelled as sane. At the other end is unhealthy mental functioning, where you’d be labelled as insane. The questions that professionals in the field continue to grapple with is "what determines our position on that continuum? What is it that moves us in one direction or the other and determines how long we stay in any one place?”.
If you’d have asked me those questions five years ago, I would have said genetics, past experiences, brain chemistry, life’s circumstances. But since I began seeing how thought and experience works, I realise how easily each of us moves in and out of sanity every day. We are all the same in that respect.
As Sydney Banks...