Sunday, July 3, 2011

Connect Brain to Mouth

"Institutionalisation" is a wonderful concept, a ready refuge for those who struggle to rise above the inane.  Before using that term, try to fulfill two criteria;

First, define what institutionalisation means.

Second, and far more fun, find some research to demonstrate its existence. And I don't mean hoary anecdotes.


  1. Easy!

    Institutionalisation is when you dread a large change in yr life circumstances.

    In particular for the purposes of this blog:

    I’m institutionalised to not being a prisoner, to life in a wider ‘free’ society. And would dread being stuck with Ben. (And would want to get back to not being there as quickly as possible. I would conform if doing so meant release i.e.)

    Some unfortunates inside prison are institutionalised to being a prisoner. (They at the bottom of them do not want to exchange their institution for the frightening alternative of more general society ---i.e. our institution).

    Research =myself

  2. I might struggle in prison context, but I can most definitely define it in the context of social/pseudo medical "care" of disabled people. Its existence is most widely documented in the format of institutional abuse, for example in the Government's guidance "No Secrets".

    It is defined as when the needs and routines of the institution override the needs, choices and rights of its residents / service users.

    Which I think also applies very "nicely" to your situation.

  3. I think we are born and die institutionalised; with the break between the ages of 13 to 25.

    As a social animal, institutionalisation may be the default setting; with the sexual peak being that mechanism to 'break-out' from the herd, and form your own.

    Institutions are merely the formalised religion of bureaucracy; and like all societies, there is a propensity toward 'religion' of some kind, be that theological, political, or academic. The orthodoxy of culture, the synchronizing of thoughts, the static goalposts, are the collateral evolution of higher order society.

  4. No long words I'm afraid and I hate labelling anyone with anything. All I can offer to this discussion is my experience of a loved one, in 'institutional' care from age 12, who feels safe and secure in prison and goes in for 'respite' when he feels no longer able to cope with the chaos that is his life on the outside. 'The concrete mother' syndrome - it is extremely sad but true of many prisoners with similar backgrounds.

    @JimmyGiro: As as a practising Christian, the reason I am is that Jesus Christ came to do away with formalised religion and orthodoxy of culture. This can be found by a close reading of His words/actions in the Gospels. He came to set us free from all that, and yet even the church struggles to grasp this in the main. He turns the order of society on it's head, and anyone who follows Him serves their fellow humans as if serving Him. That is the true 'higher order' which he demonstrated supremely in His life and death. Theology, politics and academia all have their place I'm sure, but only love matters in the end.

  5. No Death Sentence/Life W/O Parole on circumstantial evidence

    Ron J Tramontano
    I believe a guilty verdict would have prevailed in the Casey Anthony case, if the prosecution had seeked a more realistic approach to sentencing.
    I wanted to thank you all for helping with this. I do appreciate it. No Death Sentence/Life W/O Parole on circumstantial evidence. Case in point, Casey Anthony, Sign the petition!


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