Normals, Crazies, Insiders, and Outsiders

Sue E. Estroff

in Making It Crazy

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 1985 | ISBN: 9780520054516
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520907751 | DOI:
Normals, Crazies, Insiders, and Outsiders

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This chapter combines the conscious distinction made by clients between normals and crazies with the author's own observation that insiders and outsiders exist within both these groups. The possible categories produced: inside crazies, outside crazies, inside normals, and outside normals. An inside crazy is a person who not only knows that the ego is crazy but who is crazy as well. Outside crazies comprised those who know that the ego to be crazy by virtue of their being in PACT, or attending the county mental health center, or in a psychiatric ward, sheltered workshop, or therapist's office. Inside normals included persons who were not crazy, and who were aware that the ego was crazy, but who did not refuse to interact with the ego. Outside normals were community members who usually were not aware that the ego was crazy. The clients who went home have indeed grown in many ways since the PACT days.

Keywords: inside crazies; outside crazies; inside normals; outside normals; PACT

Chapter.  7588 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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