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Is normal an illusion?

Posted March 21, 2018

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Is normal an illusion?

When discussing what is deemed to be normal and abnormal in relation to our Mental Health perhaps the dictionary definition is too simplistic and doesn’t quite ring true.

Dictionary.com defines normal as ‘conforming to the standard or the common type; usual; not abnormal; regular; natural’.

When we think of what is normal in relation to our mental health, we often conclude that if we’re struggling with our emotions or if we’re finding it difficult to cope with something then somehow this equates to being abnormal.  Guilt, anger, worry, hopelessness, depression and various other emotions and states affect everyone at some point in their lives and due to the complexities and demands of modern society more and more people now are experiencing difficulties with their mental health.

This however does not mean that we aren’t normal; on the contrary it could be argued that as humans it is in fact normal to respond emotionally to life events.  There are of course a wide spectrum of mental health conditions, some of which are much more serious than others, but to label oneself abnormal or normal depending on our ability to cope or manage or because we think, act or feel differently to the majority of other people, does not stand up to scrutiny. 


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