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Do you believe that some people are just broken? That something is wrong with how their minds work, how they perceive things, that just....breaks them? Makes them less human?

I sometimes think this about myself, about my detachment to everyone and everything.
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Hmm...I think if something very traumatic happened to someone when they were young enough to remember it they could break. Most serial killers are described as not being able to relate to other people and can't put themselves in the other person's shoes. So yeah, I think some people are just broken. They lose the ability to empathize with other humans and become less human themselves as a result.
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I believe people can be broken, yes. And sadly, not everyone who is broken can be healed no matter how hard you or they might try. Even those who do begin to recover might not completely heal. I've known people for whom words of encouragement or comfort only made things worse, who would laugh and sob at the same time (a complete emotional break), who begged to die, and who genuinely regretted every sunrise they saw. This is a wonderful world we live in for the most part, but it can and will do horrible things to people without any reservation or shame. It does so without rhyme or reason, either.

Here's what I don't believe, though: I don't believe that broken people have lost even a tiny sliver of their humanity or their value. That's why we call them broken people, because they're still human. They still have worth, and they always will (even if they can't see that themselves). You never, ever put the emphasis on "broken". It's always on "people".
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i hate 99% of the people in the world, and am like a wolf where i can work in groups (by putting on a facade) or be happy by myself.

I dont think i am broken. With all of my mental "disabilities" as the psychologists like to label them (adhd, bipolar, mania, ocd, anxiety) i still think i am quite normal.

People who define themselves as "broken" are just seeking attention.
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AzazelOfNexium wrote:

People who define themselves as "broken" are just seeking attention.


I would assume you're excluding those who define themselves as broken only to themselves, putting on appearances and denying anything's wrong for everyone else?
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broken sure, but not "less human". as someone who's mentally ill (depression, anxiety) i do take a certain amount of offense to things like these. as if my disability makes me "broken".. but i guess in some cases, medication doesn't help, therapy doesn't help, you may resort to substance abuse or something worse, and you don't know what to do with yourself anymore. i think that when someone thinks it's too late to turn back and get help, they're broken.

i'm ""broken"" to an extent. my depression has never been cured. i've had symptoms of it since i was 5. most major depression ruts are curable and eventually go away with time and help... but i have depressive episodes on a regular basis, constant ups and and low low downs. i take medication, i've gone to therapy, but i've just never stopped feeling sad for absolutely no reason. i've never found the root of the problem, but that doesn't mean that i can't live my life normally and enjoy things. i'll have depression for the rest of my life and all i can do is cope with it.

i don't like it when people feel sorry for me. i don't want anyone's pity and it sure does piss me off when people think i can't take care of myself. a lot of people who have severe depression can't take care of themselves, and it's horrible. but the last thing we need is anyone's pity.
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broken sure, but not "less human". as someone who's mentally ill (depression, anxiety) i do take a certain amount of offense to things like these. as if my disability makes me "broken".. but i guess in some cases, medication doesn't help, therapy doesn't help, you may resort to substance abuse or something worse, and you don't know what to do with yourself anymore. i think that when someone thinks it's too late to turn back and get help, they're broken.

i'm ""broken"" to an extent. my depression has never been cured. i've had symptoms of it since i was 5. most major depression ruts are curable and eventually go away with time and help... but i have depressive episodes on a regular basis, constant ups and and low low downs. i take medication, i've gone to therapy, but i've just never stopped feeling sad for absolutely no reason. i've never found the root of the problem, but that doesn't mean that i can't live my life normally and enjoy things. i'll have depression for the rest of my life and all i can do is cope with it.

i don't like it when people feel sorry for me. i don't want anyone's pity and it sure does piss me off when people think i can't take care of myself. a lot of people who have severe depression can't take care of themselves, and it's horrible. but the last thing we need is anyone's pity.


^ This is exactly right.
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AzazelOfNexium wrote:

i hate 99% of the people in the world, and am like a wolf where i can work in groups (by putting on a facade) or be happy by myself.

I dont think i am broken. With all of my mental "disabilities" as the psychologists like to label them (adhd, bipolar, mania, ocd, anxiety) i still think i am quite normal.

People who define themselves as "broken" are just seeking attention.


some people label themselves as "broken" because they aren't able to accept their mental illness and they don't know how to fix it or deal with it. sometimes """""seeking attention""""" is all you can do to make yourself feel a sliver of hope that maybe you can feel better. not everybody thinks of their illnesses or thinks they're fine and normal like you do.

i don't think it's fair to think there's a "right way" for people to view their mental illness and dismiss how other people might handle it.
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I agree. If you grew up long enough in your own personal hell,were abused, neglected, unloved, it becomes all you know, and yeah that would affect anyone's worldview. And sometimes no amount of therapy or psychotropic medication will probably relieve it sufficiently. But I know a few success stories where people found some way or outlet of coping with their inner demons, and I know of a lot more who fell through the cracks, were institutionalized, became criminals, incarcerated, killed themselves or others, etc.

Some perfectly "normal" people break in a mid-life crisis, or after a nasty breakup, and believing they're without purpose , and eat their guns. (here comes a gun debate ^.^) And you would never have thought they had it in them. And "pillar of society" are revealed to be murderous sociopaths after they commit atrocties. We hear about them all the time , "Army Psychiatrist goes on rampage at ft hood" later "was revealed to be a taliban sympathizer, " neuropsychology student shoots up movie theater, then claims to b the joker" later "he might have had schizoprenia" (at which point who cares?)
"famous director's son with no (then known) history of mental illess buys guns and kills women because they wont go out with him"
and it goes on, and on...every other day it seems
and there is no way to really screen some of these people. hell they may not even have anything wrong when you question them, but it helps to get them checked them out if you see warning signs



Disclaimer: This does not dismiss that every person is responsible for his or her actions. Some people make bad choices, and they reap what they sow. IMHO that includes crazy people as their consequences if found NGRI will be an institution for the criminally insane idefinitely.
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Vatta wrote:

Hmm...I think if something very traumatic happened to someone when they were young enough to remember it they could break. Most serial killers are described as not being able to relate to other people and can't put themselves in the other person's shoes. So yeah, I think some people are just broken. They lose the ability to empathize with other humans and become less human themselves as a result.


At least I'm not a serial killer.~ The rest fits me like a glove though.~

A serial killer's glove.


AzazelOfNexium wrote:

i hate 99% of the people in the world, and am like a wolf where i can work in groups (by putting on a facade) or be happy by myself.

I dont think i am broken. With all of my mental "disabilities" as the psychologists like to label them (adhd, bipolar, mania, ocd, anxiety) i still think i am quite normal.

People who define themselves as "broken" are just seeking attention.


The only person I tell in real life that I'm broken is Me, Myself, and I. Why would I want other people knowing it? That, my friend, would be showing weakness. I don't do that willingly. By the by, I says hello. Me is out right now, and Myself is napping.


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I agree. If you grew up long enough in your own personal hell,were abused, neglected, unloved, it becomes all you know, and yeah that would affect anyone's worldview. And sometimes no amount of therapy or psychotropic medication will probably relieve it sufficiently. But I know a few success stories where people found some way or outlet of coping with their inner demons, and I know of a lot more who fell through the cracks, were institutionalized, became criminals, incarcerated, killed themselves or others, etc.

Some perfectly "normal" people break in a mid-life crisis, or after a nasty breakup, and believing they're without purpose , and eat their guns. (here comes a gun debate ^.^) And you would never have thought they had it in them. And "pillar of society" are revealed to be murderous sociopaths after they commit atrocties. We hear about them all the time , "Army Psychiatrist goes on rampage at ft hood" later "was revealed to be a taliban sympathizer, " neuropsychology student shoots up movie theater, then claims to b the joker" later "he might have had schizoprenia" (at which point who cares?)
"famous director's son with no (then known) history of mental illess buys guns and kills women because they wont go out with him"
and it goes on, and on...every other day it seems
and there is no way to really screen some of these people. hell they may not even have anything wrong when you question them, but it helps to get them checked them out if you see warning signs





We all go a little mad sometimes.

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:( I'm sorry....*hugs*
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Zeboim wrote:


:( I'm sorry....*hugs*


Why? See, like this. I don't understand this whole sympathy thing.
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Yes. I believe there are defective people in the world who has gone thrugh traumatic and life changing experiences that has shaped their future.
A pure example, is my mom.
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Phersu wrote:


Zeboim wrote:


:( I'm sorry....*hugs*


Why? See, like this. I don't understand this whole sympathy thing.


well, when people see someone who they believe is upset they will show signs of sympathy. the "i'm sorry" is more of an "i hope you work this out" or " i hope you find a way to be happy". They might not understand what u r going through but they wish u the best.
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