People believe they can rethink their understanding of the mental illness. And at the same time our notion of hypersanity. Hypersanity is not an easily accepted term. The first came across term was in the “Politics Of Experience and Bird Of Paradise” by the Scottish psychiatrist R.D Laing. In this book, Laing presented madness as a voyage of discovery that could open out onto a free state of higher consciousness and hypersanity.
For Laing, the descent into madness could lead to reckoning to awakening to breakthrough rather than breakdown.
Carl Jung’s autobiography (memories, reflection, dreams) which provided a vivid case in point. In 1913 on the eve of world war, Jung broke off his close friendship with fraud. And spent the next years in trouble state of mind. It led him to what he called “a confrontation with the unconscious”.
As Europe tore itself a part Jung gained firsthand experience of psychotic materia. He found out the “matrix of imagination” which has vanished from our ration age.
Like so many mythical heroes before him, Jung traveled deep into abbasyl underworld. He conversed with Salome, young women and man with a white beard, the wings of a kingfisher, and the horns of a bull.
As war burns out Jung reemerged from sanity and considered that he has found in his madness and all the raw material for lifetime work. The laingian concept of hypersanity though modern has ancient roots.
Once upon being asked to name the most beautiful of all things. Diogenes The Cynic who lived at Plato time replied “Parrhesia” which in ancient Greek mean “uninhibited thoughts, free speech or full expression”
Diogenes used to stroll down Athens in broad daylight brandishing a lit lamp.
Whenever curious people stop to ask what he was doing he would reply I am just looking for a human being. The people of Athens were not aware of human full potential.
Jung and Diogenes called insane according to today’s standard. But both men had deep and acuteness of vision that their opposition lacked. And that enabled them to see their facades of sanity.
Both Psychosis and hypersanity place us outside society making us seem mad to the mainstream. Both states attract a heady mixture of fear and fascination. But whereas mental disorder is distressing and disabling, hypersanity is liberating and powering.
Many people suffer from not being hyper insane. They have restricted world view, confused priorities, and wracked by stress, anxiety, and self-deception. They become destructive people later on.
In contrast, hypersensitive people are insane, calm content, and constructive. It is not just that the sane are irrational but they lack scope and range. As they have grown into the prisoner of their arbitrary lives, locked up in their own dark and narrow subjectivity.
But what if there is another route to hypersanity, one that compared with madness and less fearsome less dangerous, and less damaging. What if as well as backdoor away there was also royal road strewn with petals and sprayed with perfume?