Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The Cactus and the Psychotic

Much of the writing I find about psychosis are personal narratives, written about the psychotic episodes and their after-effects. Rarely do I find someone who writes about sufferers of psychosis as a whole, someone who helps us understand what traits we have in common and how we grow.

For a great description of how the personality develops with psychosis, read the Introduction to Helen Greenwood's essay entitled Psychosis and the Maturing Ego. She compares the psychotic patient to a cactus that endures and survives where other plants are not able to do so, and that blooms unexpectedly.

http://books.google.es/books?id=zPhK4y8LiuAC&printsec=frontcover&dq=art+psychosis&source=bl&ots=NQYyiHtJvl&sig=kD_7y0AbAzGHlYJ5eDZncrrD_xg&hl=es&ei=LDeES9jwOc6L4Qark9DKAQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=10&ved=0CDcQ6AEwCQ#v=onepage&q=&f=false

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