I find people with certain mental illnesses such as narcissists, intriguing, ever since I took the time to research how these kinds of people end up becoming who they become. Its fascinating because as human beings, we adapt and overcome in vastly unique ways to circumstances often out of our control. And narcissists, and/or sociopaths for example, excel when it comes to manipulation simply because of how much neglect they endured as children. So, they see the world as a feeding ground, and lack morals because morals would simply limit their perceived need to survive by any means necessary. Many of us fall victim to them, because we too often assume that most people have good intentions, and are normal. So I find it empowering to understand mental illnesses, especially today, because it allows me to see through the manipulation of people whom often don't even realize what they are.
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I find psychology, psychiatry, and the study of mental illness to be interesting.10
I found narcissists and sociopaths and psychopathy interesting until I dated a guy with narcissistic personality disorder. Now I hate the subject and hate that it even exists. I also hate that there are countless people who are victims of the behavior of people with these disorders.10
No, I find them extremely problematic. I would have some sympathy but my repeated experience of such individuals is they are deliberate trouble makers. I now understand why in times gone by such people were institutionalised for their own safety, to prevent them being lynched.10
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Congratulations, you are able to see the human even in those who hurt others.10
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No. Nothing about them is interesting.0
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I do. I have gone down the rabbit holes of multiple mental health diagnoses and mental health issues in general over the years. I have since found out I may have several mildly myself, although only 1 diagnosed, and, as of 20 minutes from now, only one (different one) medicated.
So I think in hindsight, the reason I'm so fascinated by certain illness, disorder, etc—mainly mental, though not exclusively—is because I felt there was "something wrong" with myself, mentally, and was looking for an answer. In doing so, I found out that the mind is so much more complicated than I realized. And there's so many possibilities for things to develop or change or, as you said adapt, based on circumstances or tragedy or just flukes or genetics.
I find abormality comforting even, and beautiful in a way, because it makes me feel less alone and less "wrong." Not because other people are "more wrong," but because other people are like me, or unlike people who I'm also unlike, which makes it clearer that it isn't "wrong" at all. Though certainly can be very difficult and painful.
I recently drew a figure based on a man with a rare and serious physical abnormality. Many characters in stories I write have at least some mild abnormality, mentally or physically—or both. How I've understood and represented that has changed drastically over the years, in tandem with how I've viewed mental health and myself. Humans are beautiful.