Journey into the Human Mind
Imagine going on a deep dive into the ocean, where the deeper you go, the more you discover about the world around you. In much the same way, we’ll explore the relationship between severe mental illnesses and our most basic, primal emotions that drive our social interactions. Think about the strong feelings that arise when you see a close friend after a long time or the rush of protectiveness you feel for a family member in trouble. These emotions, so raw and instinctive, are the glue that binds us all together.
But sometimes, things go wrong. Instead of acting as a uniting force, these emotions can malfunction and overwhelm us, leading to serious mental illnesses. It’s not that these illnesses twist our feelings into something unrecognizable. Rather, they’re like a microphone turned up too loud, amplifying emotions to a level that’s hard to handle.
But here’s the silver lining: by examining these intense feelings, we can get a magnified view of our basic human emotions, helping us understand ourselves and each other better.