Saturday, May 18, 2013

The One With Zero Expectations

I ran into something yesterday that kind of intrigued me. I was explaining this blog to someone and she thought it sounded neat. She asked if people were feeling helped by it and I said that I felt they were. I told her I had gotten a lot of private messages from people who felt they could only share their experiences that way because they felt they couldn't attach themselves to the "dreaded", "dirty" word, schizophrenia (read sarcasm here). She gave me a funny look. At first I thought it was because she was coming from an educated (on schizophrenia) point of view and didn't know why people wouldn't want to be associated with it but as I talked with her a little further what I discovered is that she knew nothing whatsoever about the illness and therefore didn't know why people wouldn't want to be associated with it.

I liked this. How often do you run into somebody who has no education on the illness and therefore no preconceived notions, prejudices, stereotypes or opinions? She obviously hadn't attached an opinion to the word in spite of our lovely media doing its level best to scare the crap out of the public about the dangers that someone who is schizophrenia poses. She was a blank slate!

I couldn't have been happier to take time to fill her in on the illness and its multifaceted quality. She was interested and asked questions and when the conversation was over I felt I had brought the world one person closer to a better understanding (of) schizophrenia.

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