Linked to the study of medical museums this work broadens the study of the history of psychiatry by investigating the significance and importance of the role of twentieth-century psychiatric communities in the preservation, interpretation and representation of the history of mental health through the practice of collecting. In remembering the asylum and its different communities in the twentieth century, individuals who lived and worked inside an institution have struggled to preserve the physical character of their world.
This collection of essays considers the way that collections of objects from the former psychiatric institution have played a role in constructions of its history. It historicises the very act of collecting, and also examines ethical problems and practices which arise from these activities for curators and exhibitions. Get A Copy.
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But we are too arrogant and afraid to chance it. In the most difficult of circumstances we find ourselves there is always someone else who caused our problem. So we throw the baby out with the bath water. We are on our own out here with nothing to guide us. Some benevolent old bearded bloke up in the clouds somewhere casting his rule down on us.
We have no sense of an internalised God, no understanding of the truth. We have no concept of self creation and our ability to bring about all manner of experience. Many of us we hold the concept that we are lesser beings than we are.
Then Spend Our Lives Chasing It So all of this thought and counter thought about money is going on, yet we spend our time chasing the big win. Betting on sport, on winning the lottery and so on and we never really see it for what it is. Everyone else is always better off and have been afforded more opportunity and resources than us.
Social media tells us a utopic story and we swallow it hook line and sinker. In the city we walk past each other, in the country they wave and say hello. My happiness is your responsibility so you better behave the way I think you need to. Almost in every walk of life we are looking for someone to guide us, to lead us. Economically, morally, socially, there has to be a leader otherwise we are lost.
Very few people actually die when they are supposed to. Unless that is your 80 or 90 years of age. Coming to terms with someone we love deciding their own fate is one of our greatest difficulties. We Over Inflate Ourselves We pretend to be more than who we feel ourselves to be then project it out into the world. We build relationships based on this false self but it eventually wears thin. Usually with the ending of those relationships.
Probably a hangover from repeated negative childhood experiences, carried forward into adulthood. We assign these experiences to ourselves and make them ours, not realising that the past is created now as we think. Have a little bit, but not too much!
Everything has to be structured and organised, put in a box and arranged neatly in rows.
What would happen to all those jobs if we found a better way to treat those in society who needed our help. Cure everyone tomorrow? How else will we make money? So What Do We Do? Increased self awareness is welcome, and when it comes we should act on our new impulses instead of those old ones that no longer work.
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