From infatuation to madness

From infatuation to madness

So often it happens that people are so passionate about something that they are considered mad. But what is madness? And what is the difference between it and a strong infatuation?

The word “madness” is used by many people and in different understandings. While psychiatrists define it as a mental disorder, ordinary people call anyone who does not fit into their picture of the world insane.

Psychiatrists define the madness as the loss of any knowledge, understanding of the world around us, the real perception of it, the ability to think logically, to communicate with others, to adhere to social norms, etc.

There are different kinds of madness. There are mental disorders, for example:

  • Melancholy is a prolonged stay in a depressed state, mental torment, apathy, discouragement, lethargy, total indifference to the world around. For a long time, the individual suffers and is mentally tormented;
  • Mania is insanity, which is expressed in excitement, euphoria, increased excitability, physical mobility;
  • Hysteria. It is a pathological reaction manifested in aggression and extreme agitation. The individual may commit impulsive acts in a state of rage, which lead to negative consequences.

Also as a subspecies of madness there are deviations in terms of a person’s behavior in society. For example, when person is fixated on something that is clearly wrong and continues to do it anyway. This is exactly what is called an faulty pattern of behavior.

So if we are constantly fixated on something, we are all madnest to one degree or another. And that doesn’t mean we’re psychos, no. It’s just that we’re seems mad in the eyes of all other people.

What is interesting: in this state, we consider our actions to be completely rational. Why does this happen? The great Greek philosopher Epictetus spoke very well on this subject:

“If having once failed you tell yourself that you will win anyway, but continue to act as before, know that in the end you will be so frustrated and weakened that you will not even notice your mistake and begin to rationalize your behavior”.

Where am I going with this? The line from infatuation and very strong motivation to madness is not that big. And when we are too persistent in pursuing our goal, despite clearly negative feedback, we will be considered as mad. This is neither good nor bad, as long as you only realize that you know what you are doing and why you are doing it.

However, don’t forget that crazy infatuation with anything can also be destructive. For example, many people continue to do crazy things because they can no longer stop, they do it purely out of inertia. Others, on the other hand, continue to follow erroneous patterns because they are afraid to admit that they are wrong. Both situations can end badly for a person’s psyche.

It is important to realize that no one can always be right in this world. Mistakes and failures are part of life, whether we want it or not. So sometimes it’s worth looking at what you’re doing with reasonable criticism.

We have to consciously choose what we do and how we do some, do it like everyone else or do it differently. We have to tweak and change and try until we really get the result we want. But this is difficult.

Sticking with an unsuccessful pattern, on the other hand, is not difficult. It doesn’t require any thought or extra effort, which is probably why most people do it. Not without reason there are popular saying: “Habit is second nature”. People find it most difficult to change their habits, and because of this many people go the same old, well-trodden way and make the same mistakes…

What conclusion can we draw from all this? It’s simple:

We shouldn’t be afraid to make mistakes, we should be afraid to make them again.


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