Solely In Black and White: Seriously, I Think She is Just Crazy

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Seriously, I Think She is Just Crazy

Don’t you just hate those silly forwarded emails? I remember awhile back (before I made custom spam filters in Outlook for specific people) receiving a funny email to which I can no longer find. I don’t remember the precise details but it went something like this. The bold words represent the original email, original formatting with lines of “FW: and cc” not included.

Do you have 7 “normal” friends? Normal? I think that depends on how we define normal. For the sake of simplicity, we shall assume that ostensibly this is referring to real life friends and normal is relative to which the answer is emphatically yes. Although, If we were to ask the same question of my online-only friends that might be a bit more challenging.*

If so, you must be crazy! What? Wait a second, the cant be right! I knew I should have chosen the online friends for this one.*

Official statistical mental experts have proven that one in eight people are crazy, ergo if you have seven normal friends then you must be the one who is nuts. Pass this email along to seven of your friends to prove that you are not. Well there you have it, air-tight irrefutable proof from an email. And it even said the words official, experts, and statistical, thus confirming the emails authenticity. But it is nice to know if I were crazy that I could reverse my craziness just by emailing seven people. That’s cool. Does that mean if seven people read this I am cured as well? Sweet!

When I read this I think I smiled for a second then hit delete. But all kidding aside, what I gleaned from this email was that 1 out of 8 people are crazy, or about 12.5% of the population. I assumed that this statistic wasn’t referring to serious or debilitating psychological conditions, but mealy to people with slightly neurotic tendencies that boarder normalcy, which sounds reasonable enough. As a silly little test I went through my list of former dates and super-analyzed their behaviors to see if I could identify the ones that were “a bit odd.” After going through the list it seemed the parity more or less held. I was going to do the same for all my friends but I lost patience. I know; I am neither a pysch nor stats major, so my analysis is rudimentary at best, and probably totally meaningless. And that was the end of it. Or so I thought.

That was last week. This week I stumbled upon the National Institute of Mental Health
website which said otherwise. (Self service style, slightly better than snopes). “An estimated 26.2 percent of Americans ages 18 and older — about one in four adults — suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year.” “Even though mental disorders are widespread in the population, the main burden of illness is concentrated in a much smaller proportion — about 6 percent, or 1 in 17 — who suffer from a serious mental illness.”

There goes my parity.I guess its back to the drawing boards. Am I the only one who realizes this? Are your dates crazy too?

*(Just kidding. No seriously, I am just kidding, stop looking at me like that. You know I am only teasing. Friends?)


  1. I love being crazy. It would be soo boring to be normal! Maybe I'll blog about that.

  2. lol. I know exactly what you mean ;). You really should, I am sure it would make it for a great read.


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