Martha Stout’s When I Woke up On Tuesday, It Was Friday

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Dissociation can occur any time in our life and there is two kinds of dissociation, childhood and adulthood. Child dissociation is different from adult dissociation. Child dissociation occurs when the child is actually experiencing some sort of trauma, like abuse. Adult dissociation happens in situations like stress or family related issues. Another difference is that child dissociation does not last very long (usually a hour), but adult dissociation lasts for a longer period of time. Dissociation occurs when something so painful is happening that the mind leaves the body to go elsewhere. In Martha Stout’s essay “When I Woke up On Tuesday, It Was Friday,” she defines dissociation as the mind leaving the body and transporting our awareness to a place so far away, it feels like the person is watching from outside their body. In her essay, she tells her audience about the dangers of dissociation, such as blackout, unable to relate to others, a sense of not knowing who one is, and the sense of lost time. She also includes some of her patient’s stories and experiences with dissociation, how they struggle for sanity and how she helps them see a new meaning of life. She tells her audience that often when patients or people dissociate they have lack of self-control and self-awareness. Dissociation can happen to anybody in a dire situation, for instance a child getting abused or some other traumatic event. Martha Stout has her audience/reader rethink about dissociation particularly the harmful side of it. She has help me see that although dissociation is helpful, it could lead to suicide thought, accidents, loss of identity and sanity. Dissociation is harmful in many ways. It could cause the individual to have blackout, to have multiple... ... middle of paper ... ...individuals to lose sense of time, to lose sense of whom one is, to emotionally detach, and to prolong disengagement from the world. Dissociation can cause people to feel like they are a passenger in their body rather than the driver. In other words, they truly believe they have no choice. Society needs to help and accept these people for whom they are and not look upon them as some sort of maniac. My perspective, at one point in time, was that dissociating was good, because it was a way to let people numb pain and get away. After reading Stout’s essay, I know now that there are many disadvantages to dissociating that people need to be made aware of before they harm anybody. Works Cited Stout, Martha. “When I Woke Up Tuesday Morning, It Was Friday,” in The Myth of Sanity: Divided Consciousness and the Promise of Awareness. New York: Penguin Books, 2002. 15-43
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