What To Do With A Malfunctioning Brain

Every event I speak at people approach me and thank me for writing about mental illness.  It reminds me why I have chosen to be public about my own struggles, and I’m always so grateful.

A moment ago I got into such a conversation with a woman named Dini, who is the proud owner of a psychological affliction of her own.  She said something that resonated with me and so I thought I’d share.

I know my brain is telling me things that aren’t true.  I know I can’t help but be irrational on certain subjects.  And so I go to my therapist and I take my pills.  But if a Christian’s brain is telling them something that’s in conflict with reality, they get lauded for having faith.

One of those reactions is responsible and sane.  The other is a cognitive failure.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com WMDKitty

    That’s quite brilliant!

  • http://thecanberracook.blogspot.com Alethea H. Claw

    Have you read Greta Christina’s post on depression? This is really good: http://freethoughtblogs.com/greta/2011/09/26/depression-rationality-and-the-difficulty-of-perspective/

  • http://mamamara.wordpress.com Mara

    Oh yes. When my brain tells me that talking to strangers is SOSCARYACKTHEYMIGHTEATME! then I’m being irrational, but when religious people say that God is speaking to them, that’s being pious. What’s up with that?


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