winter withered, warm
Just realized this is all way off topic.
if you haven't read "Retreat" my booky-wook you should. the definition of what is or isn't psychosis (and the cultural background to that) is the meat of the thing. there's also a practical dimension to coping with/understanding those states which became apparent to me after voluminous research of that 1955-1975 window.The craziest thing is that I don't seem nearly this crazy in person. Thats perhaps the biggest hurdle, digitally, when it comes to communicating this stuff. For all I know, I come across as a totally dysfunctional lunatic whose psychic prescriptions are to be avoided like the plague. Granted I still have a ways to go, but mind you these are dispatches from certain depths of metastable psychosis.
and @beiser I've only a thin understanding of clinical psychosis, for what that qualification entails, and I try to distance my usage conceptually by disclaimers such as "artificial" or "metastable", but I do think it is possible to drive yourself into psychic states that would qualify, clinically, as psychopathological.
All part of the larger framework-of-departure. What power does a clinical diagnosis have? Just how substantial are the assertions made by such and such expert? What are the forces compelling you to conform psychically? etc. A lot of overlap with my understanding of magic, as a sort of navigation and manipulation of psychic energy, the manner in which one's reality impresses upon them.
there are very obvious benefits for the mentally-imbalanced states of both mania and inflation (one introverted the other extroverted). no benefits for their negative corollorarys psychosis and depression.