I’ve been doing a whole lot of thinking lately, about all this “mental illness” stuff, and all the communication that surrounds it, and one of the most frustrating things I see happening is this:
I say I feel “x”, and somebody else then says “ohh I’ve felt x before too.”
I know that my experience of “x” is not equivalent to their experience of “x”.
I get frustrated.
Barriers to communication ensue.
This keeps happening, and so I’ve been thinking and thinking about it, and what to do about it, because it’s blocking vital communication channels relating to the discussion on mental illness. And so then this theory came to me, and this is the best I can explain it as of yet, to-date, and please do keep in mind this is the first time I’ve explicated it in writing, like ever…
THE CREATIMOTION RELATIVITY SCALE:
The capability of one human being to feel emotion to the same degree and with such passion and ardor as compared to another human being, can be measured relative to the ratio of capability for creativity as between the two – based upon two factors: both 1) aptitude for creativity, as well as 2) drive to create.
So, for instance, take Jane and John to compare. Jane says “I feel so depressed,” and John says in response, “yeah, I know what that’s like, I’ve felt depressed before too.”
Now, let’s assume that, in looking at both Jane’s and John’s aptitude for creativity and drive to create, Jane’s overall capability for creation is the higher of the two. Accordingly, we set Jane’s creativity =1, or at 100% then. Next, assuming John is the person trying to understand Jane’s emotion of feeling “depressed”, John, using his knowledge of Jane and his knowledge of his own self, assigns a score to himself, setting his capability for creation at a percentage of Jane’s.
For instance, John might see that Jane is very creative in the sense that she likes to write a lot, and has lots of different ideas to write about or whatever you know, just whatever signs he has seen which can help him differentiate his own creative capability as compared with hers. Jane not only has many ideas, but she has the drive to use them to create something new, which was not previously in creation before she began her work to create it – and this drive to create, whatever it is that gets her up off her butt and over to the computer to write and to blog and to speak and to create discourse where there was none before…this is all taken into account by John when he’s assigning his own percentage ranking of creative capability as compared to Jane.
So, then when John finally does assign his percentage, let’s say 83%, that means that John’s creative capability at max is at 83% of Jane’s minimum creative capability, as shown by her creative actions to-date. So then, we can take this score and apply it as such:
John’s maximum potential to feel the emotion of depression to the extent and to the depth at which Jane feels it, is 83%. Meaning, at max, John will only ever be able to feel depression to 83% of the full capacity at which Jane experiences it. This is because I believe, it is my theory, that the depth to which we are capable of experiencing emotion is relative to the rate at which we are creatively capable (i.e. creative aptitude + drive to create = creative capability). Hence, the creatimotion relativity scale.
I know, it’s silly. I’ve told two people and though only one of them was verbally audacious enough to claim “this sounds like bullshit”, the other surely thought it so too, as could be seen from the innuendo read between her lines. But think about it though, would you mind? I really think if you do, just for a little while, I’m pretty sure you’ll start to get what I am saying. And if you have any questions that might help me work the kinks out…I’d greatly appreciate if you’d ask ;0)
Ohh, and by the way, I do not know if anyone has ever thought this idea before. I haven’t researched that yet. I apologize to anyone who has and tried to explicate it before, for stepping on toes… I’m pretty sure everyone’s going to think it’s a bogus theory though, so I should be alright to stand over here all alone…but just in case…this is your shout out.