Am I Crazy…or Just Wild & Untamed?
Think about this for a moment: “mature mind” is a concept I used for probably 30 years without too much challenge. Then, along came life with its litany of horrors and craziness, and we found all kinds of hipster, New Age ways to endure and somehow get to the point where we “accepted it all” and called ours, a civilized world. Please (yes, I am dating myself), don’t be envious of me for having the time and profession to have talked with and counseled a good many of the perpetrators of this same claim to civilized living, because during these forays into this civilized madness, I met the “source” of the horrors and craziness – “creatures of evil” residing quietly, without gender in vulnerable men and women of all ages!
I won’t name names, but you can fill in the blanks as you see fit. How do we account for such behavior, and what if it expresses itself in the workplace? Think of these “creatures of evil” residing between your ears, and having the authority to ignite a passionate desire in you to behave like a wild untamed animal!
One of my mentors during my early years of training in psychology in general, and psychotherapy in practice was Ronald Laing, M.D., a British Psychiatrist who was to me, an inspiration, while to many of his older medical brethren, he was a mad man. He would have characterized my “creatures of evil” a bit differently, but I think you’ll get my point from his work in 1967 (The Politics of Experience – Ballatine Books, p.55)
“Torn — body, mind, and spirit — by inner contradictions, pulled in different directions. Man cut off from his own mind, cut off equally from his own body — a half-crazed creature in a mad world.”
Go ahead, boo me…because down deep inside of my psyche, Dr. Laing has a “guest house” and his door is always unlocked! So what I’m going to tell you next, comes with the support of my guest; here it is: Understand, that as civilized modern man/woman, you live in a world in which the “normal stimuli” is enough to drive you to appear in mood to be a raving maniacal wild Chimpanzee, while at another not too distant moment on the very same continuum to be seen as the epitome of the model of civilized “mature” mental health!
Our “creatures of evil” don’t care too much about your public persona, and they’re not likely to interfere with your day to day decisions and value judgments, although they are fond of tampering with your choices of right and wrong, good and or bad, helpful or not in various situations which are more clearly mental health moments than anything else.
Charming, isn’t it? Do you have some strategies to frustrate the “creatures of evil” lurking within? Here are two of mine, the first being my favorite, the second being a pain in the rear!
- Get up early; stay up late; challenge yourself to a cold weather walk; put on some of your favorite music and crank up the volume!
- Do you need to “show off” about anything? Do it, knowing you have a critic housed squarely between your ears ready to kick you in the pants…but just can’t figure you out!