Tuesday, November 29, 2011

A convenient label?

The life of Anders Behring Breivik.


  1. I would love a clarification. Is it narcissism you mean?

  2. Good question. It's the schizophrenia label, actually. I heard on the news as I was driving home that Breivik was declared a paranoid schizophrenic and on that basis would not be sent to prison but rather rehabilitated, which is humane. I got curious because I had never read anything about where he came from, his background, etc. and the Wiki article devotes an awful lot of space to his political views and writings, which in itself is interesting if he was merely considered "crazy." I don't have much of a point, really, and I thought up the post title rather quickly. I don't know much about narcissism, but that's the first label he got from the psychiatrists. Maybe the diagnosis changed to "paranoid schizophrenia" to make it understandable to the public. The more I "know" about "schizophrenia" the less I I feel I know, but the public has an image, and Breivik satisfies it, I guess.


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