If a friend leaves without saying goodbye, and you would normally think “Oh, I guess she had a train to catch”, instead you think “Hm, I wonder what she meant by that”. It’s marked by a sort of anti-paranoia; Williams patients are incapable of distrusting anyone.There are a bunch of good stimulant abuse cases in the literature that present as “patient’s boss said she was unusually standoffish and wanted her to get psychiatric evaluation”, show up in the office as “well of course I’m standoffish, everyone in my office excludes me from everything and is rude in a thousand little ways throughout the day”, and end up as “cut your Adderall dosage in half, please”. NPR has a good article, A Life Without Fear, describing some of what they go through: Kids and adults with Williams love people, and they are literally pathologically trusting. Researchers theorize that this is probably because of a problem in their limbic system, the part of the brain that regulates emotion.Isabelle is not allowed to tell them that she loves them. And, you know, I’d rather her be overly safe than be on CNN.” Some of the research on these kids is fascinating – I’m not sure I believe the study finding that they’re incapable of racism, but the one finding a deficit detecting anger in faces seems pretty plausible. Threat-detection seems to be an automated process not totally susceptible to System II control. Intelligence can help a face-blind person come up with some systems to reduce the impact of their condition, but in the end it’s just not going to help that much.Isabelle is not supposed to tell other schoolchildren that she loves them. “She’s not allowed to go to the bathroom alone at her school, because there have been numerous instances of girls with Williams syndrome being molested at school when they were alone in the hallway,” Jessica says. Williams Syndrome usually involves mental retardation, but not always. Psychiatric disorders are often at the extremes of natural variation in human traits.Unlike the other social media, in these rooms, people will interact live.
With me, they tended to give calm and considered analyses of their problems, as if they were lecturing on a particularly boring episode from 19th-century Norwegian history.
(“Why is that psychiatrist telling me to cut my Adderall in half? There appears to be a disregulation in one of the chemicals (oxytocin) that signals when to trust and when to distrust.
This means that it is essentially biologically impossible for [them] to distrust.
The only person I’ve met with a similar Niceness Field is Jimmy Wales from Wikipedia…when people are around [Jimmy] talking to him they feel a sort of urge to be civil and polite in discourse 🙂 I’ve seen people visibly trying to be very precise and polite talking to him about stuff even when they’re quite upset about whatever it is. There’s something I’m doing – totally by accident – to produce those results. Paranoia is a common symptom of various psychiatric disorders – most famously schizophrenia, but also paranoid personality disorder, delusional disorder, sometimes bipolar disorder.
This is worrying not just as a psychiatrist, but as someone who wants to know anything about other people at all. You can also get it from abusing certain drugs – marijuana, LSD, cocaine, and even prescription drugs like Adderall and Ritalin. Sure, if you abuse every single drug at once you’ll think the CIA is after you with their mind-lasers.