A step by step guide to giving someone a mental illness
By: Angela Englander November 1, 2019
People have been doing a lot of talking about how to help people through mental illness. They’re talking about what it takes to heal, what is the best treatment, what pills to prescribe etc. They’re thinking too far ahead though, the trick is to begin at the beginning. Let’s start talking when the initial injury began so we can truly understand how to heal someone, instead of disguising the symptoms or undermining the experience.
1)The first step is to expose them to an incredibly overwhelming, confusing, shocking event. This event has to lead to at least a slight feeling of powerlessness. The results of this first step are enhanced when you add extra events. For best results expose them to weekly, or even daily traumatic events. Bonus points if some of the events began before puberty.
2) The second step is that everyone in their day to day life needs to act as if the events in the first step didn’t happen or don’t exist. People need to carry on as normal, do mundane activities like clean the house and take children to school, and act as seemingly “normal” as possible. The effects are enhanced if people closest to the person says “you’re over reaction” or “you’re just acting crazy” or otherwise minimizes the impact of the experience. Bonus points if you start creating distance from that person, acting as if they’re contagious or excluding them from social events.
3)The third step is to ensure people know that they cannot act in any way different from everyone else in society. Make sure this person knows that the larger group frowns upon any sort of social or behavioural change. To enhance the effects make jokes, humorous remarks and publicly humiliate people who act outside of what the larger collective has deemed as normal. Bonus points for creating derogatory terms for the experiences people are having as a result of the first two steps.
4) The fourth step is to create some sort of conditioned response. You’ve thoroughly laid the ground work in the first three steps. You’ve created the collective social expectations, ensured only a small group are exposed to the events, created internal duality as the person struggles to balance both the events and the results of those events with the normality of the world around them and threatened to punish them if they let on things aren’t quite what the larger collective wants them to be. You’re ready for one of the most critical, important things you can do. You need to have a stimuli and then you need to condition in some sort of emotional and behavioural response. If the stimuli involves more than one sense, even better. Some popular ones could include door slamming, a siren, a yell, flashing lights, a honk or a buzzer. Adding vibrations goes a long way also. Now to have the perfect response. An emotional and behavioural response will lead to the best results. The more intense the emotion, the better. Excitement and terror feel very similar to the body so these ones lead to the most long lasting results. Then for the behaviour, anything that involves running, rushing, or leaving the present location is perfect. Bonus points if there’s an environmental response also, such as multiple people rushing.
5) The final step is consistency. The longer the individual experiences these steps, the more dedication behind the steps and the more serious the impact, the more lasting the results. If you continue these steps for at least a year, many years if possible, or even someone’s entire lifetime, you can guarantee results!
There you are, your guide to breaking someone. Of course I don’t want people to actually follow these steps with in the attempt to break someone. Just a little awareness about what people in your family, life and community may be experiencing. Bring a little compassion in, after all, it really isn’t hard to break someone. It just takes five easy to follow steps.