Is it fear of the unknown or fear of those who fear the unknown?

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    Jun 07, 2012 1:53 AM GMT
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    Jun 07, 2012 8:22 PM GMT
    That was a brave post. You seem to be high functioning but you indicate you've trouble maintaining consistant lucidity throughout the day. Did I understand that correctly that every day this is a struggle for you and not just every so often?

    You seem very aware of your condition and I would think that must make it easier for you to deal with, to be objective about and I would suspect, even, to control. My nephew suffers some sort of personality disorder (could be a touch of this and that) but his parents have trouble getting him to understand that he has a problem. Sometimes he recognizes it but mostly he denies it to himself.

    Part of his problem though is pathological lying which makes it easy for him to deceive himself. So even if he can be convinced of his disorder, he then re-establishes for himself that he thinks he's functioning normally, forgetting that he's working with a deficit. He fools himself but people around him figure out that something is off and then they back away from him. It's pretty sad.

    I think it is wonderful to be able to express that you are aware of your problem. You are of course risking turning someone off by the admission but some of those people probably have their own problems with empathy anyway. Just as educating yourself on your own condition probably helps you control it, educating the public I think must have many benefits, from support, to reducing bullying, to empathy, to seeing our own difficulties, to understanding how frail the brain can be, even with as much as it can accomplish.
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    Jun 07, 2012 8:42 PM GMT
    theantijock saidThat was a brave post. You seem to be high functioning but you indicate you've trouble maintaining consistant lucidity throughout the day. Did I understand that correctly that every day this is a struggle for you and not just every so often?

    You seem very aware of your condition and I would think that must make it easier for you to deal with, to be objective about and I would suspect, even, to control. My nephew suffers some sort of personality disorder (could be a touch of this and that) but his parents have trouble getting him to understand that he has a problem. Sometimes he recognizes it but mostly he denies it to himself.

    Part of his problem though is pathological lying which makes it easy for him to deceive himself. So even if he can be convinced of his disorder, he then re-establishes for himself that he thinks he's functioning normally, forgetting that he's working with a deficit. He fools himself but people around him figure out that something is off and then they back away from him. It's pretty sad.

    I think it is wonderful to be able to express that you are aware of your problem. You are of course risking turning someone off by the admission but some of those people probably have their own problems with empathy anyway. Just as educating yourself on your own condition probably helps you control it, educating the public I think must have many benefits, from support, to reducing bullying, to empathy, to seeing our own difficulties, to understanding how frail the brain can be, even with as much as it can accomplish.


    Thanks for the compliments, and yes, being aware while avoiding denial has made my condition manageable. I currently am an English Major in college and I do inform my teachers that I am a disabled student do to Schizophrenia.

    I can relate to your nephew as I too am diagnosed with personality disorder in addition to being schizo affective. The lying could be a sign of a lot of things, but you are right that it makes it that much harder to get help.

    I am fortunate because as an alcoholic (I am loaded with conditions), I am taught that rigorous honesty is what saves us and makes us better. I read a lot on how my idols and mentors in life are who they are today because of being true to yourself.

    I find you can live a decent life and make the most of what you have by sharing ourselves with others. And you are most definitely right, I don't care who it is, if someone is uncomfortable with my disabilities then they are probably not worth knowing.

    Take care my friend and have a wonderful day.