Panpsychic Household Solutions: Workshop
26 February, 2013
On February 9th*, I held a workshop to teach people how to simulate insanity with the aim of learning to appreciate domestic tasks. I talked for a little while, explaining my ideas and the techniques we would be using. Everyone spread out in the gallery and spent some time getting to know the floor. Then, I helped the participants choose cleaning materials and drawing implements, and everyone started cleaning. The participants were enthusiastic, and some interesting drawings were created.
*Incidentally, the day before I conducted this workshop, I decided in an overflow of frustration to stop taking my antipsychotic medication. Luckily, at the time of the workshop the withdrawal symptoms hadn't kicked in yet. I was fortunate to have a relatively quick and smooth withdrawal process, and also to have a very supportive partner and stable living situation - many people who live with psychiatric disabilities have neither of these things, and so impulsive choices of the kind I made are much less likely to turn out well. For some people, medication is a life-saver, and withdrawing from it causes only disaster. For me, however, spontaneously withdrawing from antipsychotics remains one of the best decisions I have ever made. [note added in 2020]
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