How many victims are created by the thought that neuroplasticity is out of reach for some? Restated, just how many people with personality disorders or mental illness succumb to caricature simply because they are told that they cannot improve? Anyone that has followed my journey these past four and some years should know how I feel on this subject. Sometimes, the best cure is simply to be told that one exists, and that it is worth fighting for.
So let’s say that you are tired of wearing your mask. You are some fashion of Cluster B in nature (Antisocial Personality Disorder, Narcissistic Personality Disorder, etc.). You are tired of the contortions you must go through on a daily basis to be welcomed in society. You realize that there are facets of your disorder that affect you negatively – though not fatally and possibly not even as a major inconvenience – but yet you are tired of all of the recommended tropes required to appear normal. You realize that others may look at you in the way one would look at a crazed person if you were simply to act out without explanation. How do you set up the conversation with those around you? How do you let them know of those things that make you, you?