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Mental With Benefits; The Evolutionary Advantages of Mental Illness
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Sunday, November 1, 2020


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The Evolutionary Advantages of Mental Illness: Organization, Rumination, Peregrination, Isolation, Hibernation and…wait for it…Procreation

• What if those of us diagnosed as mentally ill are not living with a genetic mutation, but are in fact living with an amazing evolutionary adaptation?

• What if, mental illness is in fact, as Malcolm Gladwell writes in his book, David and Goliath, "a desirable disadvantage?"

• If that is the case, what if in addition to counseling and medication, to treat their disability, we showed people ways to embrace, utilize, and celebrate their extraordinary, ability? • What would the impact on a child be, if we reframed their mental illness as a combination of mental illness and mental able-ness? What would be the impact be on an adult, living with that label? I believe the positive impact would be incalculable. People would learn that they are not broken, they were made this way.

• I've battled depression and thoughts of suicide for as long as I can remember www.FrankTEDTalk.com and I always wondered if the flip side of those conditions wasn't somehow tied to my creative abilities, and my 31-year career as a full time speaker and comedian www.cleancorporatecomic.com

• So for me it comes down to the question; if this, then that, what is the connection? If this, my mental illness, gives me that, my mental able-ness, what is the connection? I believe the connection is the why, and I believe the why is found in evolution.

• We've barely scratched the surface figuring out why our brains go "wrong" the way they do, and some of the most interesting research suggests that what we now call a mental illness, and perhaps if treated, encouraged, and utilized properly, may in fact be reframed, as "a desirable disadvantage."

• That's my idea worth spreading.

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