Those of you who know me know that I did a summer residency at the Wilton Hershey Medical Center, in Pennsylvania. I worked with Dr. Jared Hagerty, who is quite well known for his work in experimental phychiatry.
Now that I've finished the residency, I've finally had the opportunity to experiment with language functions of hebephrenic schizophrenics. [See inset: Dorene, a schizophrenic patient standing on a chair.]
In the next several posts, I will show some descriptive linguistic sequences used by schizophrenics to describe everyday objects. Each patient was to look at a given everyday object (for as long as they wished), and then write their description on a sheet of notebook paper provided to them. I will present to you their descriptions verbatim.
Please try to guess what the object is that they are describing.
There will be a winner* each post: the person who guesses correctly the object that is being described in each post. I'm working from the hypothesis that schizophrenics, contrary to popular belief, can ultimately be understood by people who are exposed, even breifly, to an example of a schizophrenic's personal language system (contained fully in the schizophrenic's single utterance).
*Winners will have the satisfaction of being able to communicate successfully with a hebephrenic schizophrenic, and will receive the code for this award:
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