Normality: 10 warning signs (Dendron) FWD

Tom Boland (
Sat, 27 Dec 1997 03:39:32 -0800 (PST)

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by Janet Foner, Support Coalition co-coordinator

Mad scientists are working around the clock to discover the
cure for "normality," a serious and persistent "chronic mental
illness" afflicting much of the general population. Support
Coalition International, an alliance led by psychiatric survivors
and open to the public, has become very concerned recently as a
"norm-demic" has hit the streets, forcing many people formerly
safe from this affliction to recognize that they, too, have caught
the dreaded disease.

=46ortunately, our scientists have been able to uncover the ten
warning signs of "normality."

Take this free self-test:

1. COOL: You're cool, you hold everything in and
always put "a good face on it" - you never cry or
laugh much, or show emotion in any way, certainly
not in public. Your psychiatric label is

2. SERIOUS: You always do the proper thing -
never anything unusual, playful, spontaneous,
"different," wild, or creative, if you can help it.
You believe playing and being silly are beneath
your dignity and only for children. You have a
psychiatric label of "stiff upper lippity."

3. NICE: You always act nice even if you can't
stand the person to whom you're talking. You never
say what you're really thinking. Your diagnosis:
"inappropriate smiling."

4. RIGHT: You always do everything right - wear
the "right clothes", say the "right thing", associate
only with the "right people"- you know there is only
one right way, and it's your way. You are
diagnosed as "conformity prone."

5. BORING: Your conversations, life and living
space are dull and boring, and your lawn is always
manicured no matter what. In the more advanced
stages you have much inner "lifelessness" and "flat
affect" - in other words, you are one of the
"walking dead." Your psychiatric label is

6. OBEDIENT: You always try not to offend
anyone, especially those in authority - your security
seems to depend on that. So therefore you are
willing to put expediency ahead of principles. Your
psychiatric label is "adjustment prone/adjustment

7. GULLIBLE: You believe that the doctor
always knows best, that the media is telling the
truth (major newspapers always print the facts,
right?), and that the medical model of "mental
illness" has been proven scientifically. Your
diagnosis is "normal naivet=E9 disorder."

8. AVOID FEELINGS: You are out of touch with yourself,
with the natural world, and with what is going on with
other people. It has become too hard to face how others
are being oppressed, so you choose a more comfortable path.
TV starts to look very, very good. You are labeled with
"severe blinder-itis."

9. DON'T TRUST YOURSELF: You learned in school
that it's important to always pay attention to
those in charge and not to trust your own thinking.
You learned to "play the game," and you are still
doing that. You believe your own lies. You have an
advanced case of "schoolmania," which, if not
stopped in its early stages can lead to severe
overwork and, in advanced stages, "corporate

10. INDOORISM: You lost touch with wildness
in nature, and within your own strong feelings. You
do not rebel against ecological destruction. Label:


Normality can be healed! If you have two or more of these signs, within any
lunar cycle, it is not too late.  Join Support Coalition, read Dendron
News, support one another, get out into nature, and especially take action
to stop psychiatric oppression before serious persistent "normality" sets

=46or more information write:
Support Coalition International
PO Box 11284
Eugene, OR 97440-3484