Expos Essay#1 Final

Expos Essay#1 Final - Andrew Crowley Expos 101 DA Expos...

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Andrew Crowley 9/9/07 Expos 101: DA Rough Drat # 1 Expos Essay # 1 A generally debated topic that one often hears being discussed throughout today’s society is that of whether specific human behaviors can be classified as sane or insane. Obviously there are be many degrees of this, but how sure can anyone be that a person is actually “crazy”? Is it fair that people with a history of mental disorder are ostracized and persecuted by society when all it might take is a more tolerant and welcoming society that could make a “mental case” feel better. Merriam Webster’s 2007 definition of the word “insanity” is, “such unsoundness of mind or lack of understanding as prevents one from having the mental capacity required by law to enter into a particular relationship, status, or transaction or as removes one from criminal or civil responsibility. (http://www.merriam-webster.com/) In Martha Stout’s essay “When I woke up Tuesday, it was Friday” Martha Stout, being a psychologist, describes encounters with patients who suffer from “divided awareness”. This would lead them to have gaps in their memory so that a person suffering from this might not remember their childhood. This essay will examine the assumptions made about sanity or insanity by answering the following questions: How is divided awareness different from ordinary dissociation? Are the patients described by Stout sane or insane and why? What does this essay teach us about notions made toward mental health and illness? Is the line so easy to draw? Is the difference basically one of degree? Insanity is a term used to easily in our society, furthermore a person with mental problems cannot automatically be deemed as insane because they might be capable of living a completely normal life. In Stout’s essay she describes a patient of hers who cannot remember her
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childhood. This leads to Stout diagnosing Julia with divided awareness. This means at certain points Julia’s mind wanders off, yet her body continues functioning, going through he actions of her everyday life. Stout describes this when giving an example of a man watching a movie, “All that really happened is that, for a little while, he took the part of himself that worried about work problems and other “real” things, and separated it from the imaginative part of himself, so that the imaginative part could have dominance.” (Stout 587). Julia’s case is slightly different, Stout reveals to the reader that Julia grew
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