KEYNOTE PAPER: “The Lyre Bird And The Huia: Voicing Song – Dreams”

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Authors: Cath Roper, Australia; Arana Pearson, New Zealand

Year: 1999

Event: 1999 TheMHS Conference

Subject: KEYNOTE, recommended, lived experience, consumer, book of proceedings

Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers

ISBN: 0949203750

Abstract: Cath’s dream

I dream that we will come to see that when things are done against a person’s will, it is of the utmost gravity. We have to own when this is done. If we are to continue to perform acts against a person’s will, then we have to see it for what it is - a sin, a human sin. If you argue that it is necessary, you must still acknowledge that it is sinning against humanness. When you do this to another - understand what you are doing. Don’t turn us into sick objects so that you can exonerate yourself. I am you, you are me.

Arana’s dream

“Psychiatry Rehumanised: For too long a time - half a century, in fact - psychiatry tried to interpret the human mind as merely a mechanism, and consequently the therapy of mental disease merely in terms of a technique. I believe this dream has been dreamt out. What now begins to loom on the horizon are not the sketches of a psychologised medicine, but rather those of a humanised psychiatry”. (Victor Frankl “Man’s Search for Meaning”)

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