I wanted to mention an interesting paradox created by mental illness. As a patient, I am told that my mind does not function properly. Since it is my mind, I have to accept this– that what I think is “not right”. Yet, I have to survive in this complex and ever-changing world. Any mind should probably doubt itself– but if it doubts itself profoundly, that makes survival difficult.
I have secretly had faith in my mind and my functionality all along. I have a high iq and and a great problem solver. I am glad I have this faith in myself, and hope that people in this world can find a way to avoid applying this paradox– suggesting that a person reject their own most basic thought processes.
Interestingly, this profound self-doubt is said to be part of the modern condition. An awareness of self, a rejection of several or many impulses (even essential or vital ones) is necessary for navigating this world. I realize that I am not alone– I am part of my age.