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The Crazies Are Everywhere !


There are crazies of all types in our world.

The nice ones, the funny ones, the dangerous ones, and the merely bothersome ones.

The London/UK riots are showing the kind of crazy that can arise when government remains distant from the populace.

Fundamentalist religions show the craziness of literal interpretation of metaphysical concepts.

The Internet and its spawn of gadgets are letting us work to find ways to deal with the, usually, more benign, sometimes lovable, and, all too often, bothersome crazies.

I read a post by C. C. Chapman that considers the special kind of crazy that connectedness brings–the kind of “connectedness” that drives some folks to disconnect from the social mores that smooth and facilitate relationship.

Are You One of The Crazies? offers a checklist that some of us could well-afford to consider.

I won’t even try to replicate the panache in the original post but, if you spend lots of time on the ‘Net, you might want to read his “Symptoms of having a case of The Crazies” :-)

Oh!! I nearly forgot to mention the special crazies that can be bred by Reading, Writing, and Publishing

Perhaps I’ll leave that to my dear readers to share in the comments :-)

In the meantime, check out this Hierarchy of Digital Distractions.
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Writing And Therapy ~ Are Writers All Crazy?


I’ve studied a lot of psychology. Mostly to help me figure out why I seem to be so different from other folks.

I’m a writer and I’ve been very crazy at various points in my life but, usually, I’m rather sane; it’s just that I’m so damned different.

Might be that I’m an introvert but that proclivity doesn’t account for all of it.

Actually, since I’ve been writing seriously (about 22 years now), I’m even more different than I used to be but I’m also more sane than I’ve ever been.

So, is my decided differentness what made me a writer or was my writerness always there and I just had to grow up enough to realize it was what made me different.

Honestly? It’s some of both.

If you’re looking for something as hard to understand as what I’ve written so far in this post, but dressed up and made to look scientific, try this article on Emotional and physical health benefits of expressive writing. Caution: there are some wild curative claims made for “expressive” writing.

So, let’s see: Either writing can make you crazy or being crazy can be cured by writing. Or… Maybe both…

E. L. Doctorow said: “Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.”

Lord Byron said: “If I don’t write to empty my mind, I go mad.”

For something somewhat scientific but easier to understand, try, What is Writing Therapy?, at wiseGeek.

I’m purposely trying to not make a definable point in this post. My experience of being radically different and the effect writing has on my sanity are very hard to explain in a blog post. It would take a long story, mostly fictional, to explore the weird world of therapeutic writing.

Hey! Watch this post for potential comments. They’re bound to be pretty wild :-)
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