I contend that the negative power of a label is a significant part of a sufferer’s condition when they experience a “psychosis” or what I prefer to term a special message crisis. Indeed, many acknowledge that words like schizophrenia, schizoaffective, and bipolar lead people to being treated as though they have a hereditary brain disease with a poor prognosis that limits their ability to thrive.
In creating a new definition for psychosis, I contend that we not only consider internal processes operating during a psychosis or special message crisis, but also external ones. Though much of the eight-part definition for psychosis I propose is in fact internal, the last three components are not. This article is about the first two … Continue reading Behavioral Solutions that Arise in Psychoses Focus Groups:
When a message receiver can identify the fact that some of their messages are tricksters it can go a long way towards improving efforts to fit in, heal trauma and reduce consensus reality confusion. A supporter who is trusted may be able to articulate the concept, spot it when it’s happening, and teach spiritual … Continue reading Identifying the Trickster Phenomena During A Special Message Crisis or Extreme State
I believe that a powerful dialectic exists when participants study their similarities in psychoses focus groups. Converse to the great opportunities for growth that result when participants genuinely identify with each other, there are often important points of difference highlighted that likewise can lead to growth when nurtured properly. I have observed that participants often … Continue reading How Diversifying Causation Beliefs Can Lead to Recovery from Alternative Realities
When I experienced two years of psychosis early during my career as a mental health counselor, I was already getting good at managing trauma with my master’s level training. I always been pretty good at being safe for others. I wanted some of that trauma support when I found myself confined to a ward … Continue reading Two, Trauma-Sensitive Solutions for Extreme States
For the past ten years I have used the words special messages to bring people together behind a better-defined notion of psychosis. I hope in this article will help better define what I mean by special messages and why I think that messages are part of a process that includes seven other components that I … Continue reading Why I Say Special Messages Instead of Psychosis
Psychosis is an antiquated word that leads to huge misunderstandings that play a large role oppressing a larger and larger portion of the population. For the past nine years I have run professional focus groups, going through the process of listening, exploring, reflecting, writing, seeking feedback and rewriting to get a better definition of psychosis. … Continue reading A New Definition of Psychosis
LEARNING QUESTIONS Learning Question One: How do in-reach efforts that connect residents of board and care homes, single room occupancy (SRO) hotels and unlicensed boarding houses to social and recreational opportunities in and outside of the facility reduce social isolation and improve quality of life for isolated adults and older adults with serious mental illness? … Continue reading The Special Messages Project