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Exploring the Promise and the Pitfalls of “Mad Pride”

When people talk about finding something of value in “mad” or “psychotic” or “extreme” experiences, they are usually accused by those in mainstream psychiatry of “romanticizing an illness,” and overlooking how disruptive and distressing these states can be. But when only the negatives about mad experiences are noticed, the focus goes to attempts at suppression, despite increasing evidence that attempts at suppression can contributes to long term dysfunction.

In an upcoming ISPS-US webinar – Exploring the Promise and the Pitfalls of “Mad Pride” – I will explore a middle ground approach, which balances an awareness of the hazards of mad experiences with a willingness to notice what might be positive about them. Starting with a more open mind, it becomes possible to help people to eventually understand their experiences in life promoting ways, rather than being stuck in either avoiding and suppressing them or being overwhelmingly immersed in them. Methods of applying this approach to improving interactions with “mad” people, and with the “mad” portions of our own minds, will be discussed.

This webinar will occur on Friday, March 12, 2021, at noon EST.  (Time Zone Alert:  if you live in an area that is not on “Eastern Standard Time” you can use a site like to see when this event will be in your local time.)

You can register for the webinar at this link.

A donation of $5-$40 is requested, though no one turned away for lack of funds. Please note that your donation goes for a good cause:  It goes to support the efforts of ISPS-US to bring more attention to psychological and social approaches to psychosis.  It is a difficult time for smaller non-profits like ISPS-US, so any donation you can make is much appreciated!  But if you cannot afford to donate anything, please click “Register” then click on “Enter promo code” and type in the code “Scholarship” to access free registration.

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