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Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

It is the story of how a painful past, rose to haunt the author later in life, sending her on a journey into madness and out again, in search of her biological mother.

Author : Jeanette Winterson

Release : 2012-03-06

Publisher : Open Road + Grove/Atlantic

ISBN : 0802194753

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A New York Times bestseller: The “magnificent” memoir by one of the bravest and most original writers of our time—“A tour de force of literature and love” (Vogue). Jeanette Winterson’s bold and revelatory novels have established her as a major figure in world literature. Her internationally best-selling debut, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, tells the story of a young girl adopted by Pentecostal parents, and has become a staple of required reading in contemporary fiction classes. Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? is a “singular and electric” memoir about a life’s work to find happiness (The New York Times). It is a book full of stories: about a girl locked out of her home, sitting on the doorstep all night; about a religious zealot disguised as a mother who has two sets of false teeth and a revolver in the dresser, waiting for Armageddon; about growing up in a north England industrial town now changed beyond recognition; about the universe as a cosmic dustbin. It is the story of how a painful past, rose to haunt the author later in life, sending her on a journey into madness and out again, in search of her biological mother. It is also a book about the power of literature, showing how fiction and poetry can form a string of guiding lights, or a life raft that supports us when we are sinking. Witty, acute, fierce, and celebratory, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? is a tough-minded story of the search for belonging—for love, identity, home, and a mother.

"Why Be Normal?"

I smiled and continued, “Roman even bought me a sticker after that, Why Be
Normal?” Joe said, “Yeah man, why be normal? That's fucking brilliant. Now let
me ask you what does the word normal mean? That's a label created by people
who ...

Author : Dmitry Wild

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ISBN : 1495193683

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Why Be Normal?


Author : Martha I Clyburn

Release : 2019-06-25

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ISBN : 9781072494034

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Why Be Normal?: Blank Lined Notebook/Journal Makes the Perfect Gag Gift for Friends, Coworkers and Bosses.

100 page blank lined notebook/ journal. 6x9 inches in size.Simple and stylish. With a high quality cover.Makes the perfect gag gift for coworkers and bosses.

Author : Metro Books

Release : 2019-01-25

Publisher : Independently Published

ISBN : 9781795090391

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100 page blank lined notebook/ journal. 6x9 inches in size.Simple and stylish. With a high quality cover.Makes the perfect gag gift for coworkers and bosses.

Pretending to be Normal

Bringing her story up to date, including her diagnosis as an adult, and reflecting on the changes in attitude over 15 years, this expanded edition will continue to entertain (and inform) all those who would like to know a little more about ...

Author : Liane Holliday Willey

Release : 2014-09-21

Publisher : Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN : 0857009877

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Compelling and witty, Liane Holliday Willey's account of growing to adulthood as an undiagnosed 'Aspie' has been read by thousands of people on and off the autism spectrum since it was first published in 1999. Bringing her story up to date, including her diagnosis as an adult, and reflecting on the changes in attitude over 15 years, this expanded edition will continue to entertain (and inform) all those who would like to know a little more about how it feels to spend your life `pretending to be normal'.

Why Can'T You Be Normal Like Me?

Author : Joseph Mani

Release : 2009-07-01

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ISBN : 9788171087143

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Why Can't I be Normal? : a Satire

Author : Justin Zaza

Release : 2007

Publisher : Human Warnings Pub.

ISBN : 9780973885811

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How to Be Normal

Author : Guy Browning

Release : 2014-11-06

Publisher : Atlantic Books Ltd

ISBN : 1782395830

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Normal people are extremely unusual. Think of all the people you know and ask yourself how many are normal. None of them! In fact you're probably the most normal of the lot and, let's face it, even you're not that normal. All normal people believe they are a little bit different, a little bit unique and a little bit special. On the other hand no one wants to be abnormal, so it's a fine line to tread. Happily, this brilliantly funny book shows everyone exactly how to be uniquely normally normal. Is it normal to: ... hold the banister with both hands? ... find the green man at crossings mildly attractive? ... drive a shopping trolley on the right? ... be afraid of aggressive hand dryers? ... wonder what coconut milk is actually for? Find out the answers to these and a million other perfectly normal questions in another beautifully funny, surprisingly wise and consistently heart-warming book from the best-selling Guy Browning.

The Trouble with Normal

Why Can ' t I Be Normal ? ' : Sex Advice for Teens In the years after the Second
World War , ' normality ' was a primary marker of difference between individuals
and between groups of people . As defined by increasingly popular
psychological ...

Author : Mary Louise Adams

Release : 1997-01-01

Publisher : University of Toronto Press

ISBN : 9780802080578

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In the years after the Second World War, economic and social factors combined to produce an intense concern over the sexual development and behaviour of young people. In a context where heterosexuality and 'normality' were understood to be synonymous and assumed to be necessary for social and national stability, teenagers were the target of a range of materials and practices meant to turn young people into proper heterosexuals. In this study, Mary Louise Adams explores discourses about youth and their place in the production and reproduction of heterosexual norms. She examines debates over juvenile delinquency, indecent literature, and sex education to show not why heterosexuality became a peculiar obsession in English Canada following the Second World War as much as how it came to hold such sway. Drawing on feminist theory, cultural studies, and lesbian/gay studies, The Trouble with Normal is the first Canadian study of 'youth' as a sexual and moral category. Adams looks not only at sexual material aimed at teenagers but also at sexual discourses generally, for what they had to say about young people and for the ways in which 'youth,' as a concept, made those discourses work. She argues that postwar insecurities about young people narrowed the sexual possibilities of both young people and adults. While much of the recent history of sexuality examines sexuality 'from the margins,' The Trouble with Normal is firmly committed to examining the 'centre,' to unpacking normality itself. As the first book-length study of the history of sexuality in postwar Canada, it will make an important contribution to the growing international literature on sexual regulation.

Being Normal

Author : Stephen Shieber

Release : 2008

Publisher : Tonto Books

ISBN : 0955632625

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A confident, poignant collection filtered with debauchery, melancholy and black humour, Being Normal is an examination of loneliness, rejection and the idiosyncrasies of living in and against contemporary society. Stephen Shieber brings together the glory of everyday nothingness and elevates it to great drama; where loveless marriage, teen angst, childhood misadventure, lonely Christmases and family dysfunction are the norm. Each character in this stunning debut provides a very different slant on the notion of mundane - a book for anyone who has ever found themselves on the outside, dancing to the beat of their own drum.

Almost Normal

Author : Ann Kolsrud

Release : 2008

Publisher : Chipmunkapublishing ltd

ISBN : 184747456X

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My parents aborted me when I was twenty-six. I was a year short of being the same age as the other great artists like Morrison and Joplin who seemed to die prematurely. But unlike them, I was never known. I was a voice never heard, perceived or understood. But I could always hear myself. Why didn't anyone else, I wonder? Perhaps it was just that mine was a voice no one wanted to hear.

Beyond Pacifism: Why Japan Must Become a Normal Nation

The. Right. to. Be. Normal. In the last few years, the Japanese have embarked
upon a journey into uncharted waters. Japan's participation in peacekeeping
operations in violent, unstable East Timor, its provision of logistical support to
allied ...

Author : William C. Middlebrooks Jr.

Release : 2008-06-30

Publisher : ABC-CLIO

ISBN : 0313355258

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The so-called pacifist clause of the Japanese Constitution (Article 9) binds the Japanese people forever to renounce war as a sovereign right of the nation and the threat or use of force as a means of settling international disputes. Beyond Pacifism argues that Japan must either repeal Article 9, or face a future in which Japan might be compelled to surrender sovereign authority in order to appease one or more of its immediate neighbors. If Japan cannot free itself of the constraints of its constitutional pacifism and choose to become a normal nation, willing and able to defend itself and its interests, it must endure what former Prime Minister Koizumi describes as the peace of slaves. Since 1952 Japan has followed the path of reinterpreting Article 9 in order to work around its pacifist strictures. Many Japanese party leaders—including prime ministers Abe and Koizumi—have called for Article 9 to be revised by the addition of a clause authorizing the use of force for the purpose of self-defense against aggression directed against the Japanese nation. Most foreign commentators and scholars urge Tokyo to continue to work around Article 9 without amendment. By contrast, the author argues that neither reinterpretation nor revision will allow Japan to counter the growing military threats from North Korea and China. Japan's health as a democratic state, contends Middlebrooks, requires an honest re-alignment of its law with its modern national identity, which is normal and no longer poses a militaristic threat to regional stability.

Illingworth’s The Development of the Infant and Young Child Normal and Abnormal, 10/e

It is normal practice to place the child at 1 or 2 weeks in a foster home in which
adoption is desired. It is wrong to place him in an institution from birth and retain
him there for some weeks because he is likely to suffer emotional deprivation and

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Publisher : Elsevier India

ISBN : 8131230201

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Tutorial Therapy

What society regards as normal varies from century to century and from place to
place. Here a man who marries two wives has committed a crime, but in some
Eastern countries it is almost expected of him. Are we not all entitled to our odd ...

Author : D. Bovill

Release : 2012-12-06

Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN : 9401162700

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Dr Bovill is a remarkable person and this book is an eloquent expression of remarkable achievement. When, some seven years ago, I came to the North West from the relative psychotherapeutic luxury of London, I was amazed to discover a busy whole-time general psychiatrist who claimed that she and her staff were giving a comprehensive service for the treatment of psycho neurosis by psychological means. I did not accept the facts but I believed in the genuineness of the person, Diana Bovill. After careful observa tion and enquiry, my initial scepticism turned to admiration. I do not know of any psychotherapist who before has provided such skilled therapy for so many people at once. Another, and in some ways greater, surprise awaited me. Dr Bovill has consistently, dedicatedly, striven to describe clearly, and to evalu ate scientifically, her work - an attempt all too rare amongst psycho therapists. Entering psychiatry at a somewhat advanced age, she achieved the rare, and perhaps unique, distinction of being awarded a Doctorate of Medicine at London University for a study in psycho therapy research, approved by the doyen of British psychiatry Sir Aubrey Lewis.

Find Out Who's Normal and Who's Not

Lieberman provides the necessary techniques to measure an individual's emotional stability during trying times and how to spot the warning signs of stress.

Author : David J. Lieberman

Release : 2010

Publisher : David Lieberman

ISBN : 0978631323

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The legendary leader in human behavior, Dr. David J. Lieberman, shows you how to protect yourself and your loved ones, emotionally, financially, and physically from unstable individuals who will inevitably pass through your life. --

Perceptual Knowledge

For condition (1) is satisfied: at time t, the conditions of observation are normal.
This is because at t, S's sensitivity to temperature exactly matches that of an
average perceiver at most times, so that at t the water wouldn't feel hot to S
unless it ...

Author : Georges Dicker

Release : 2012-12-06

Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN : 9400990480

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This book grew out of the lectures that I prepared for my students in epis temology at SUNY College at Brockport beginning in 1974. The conception of the problem of perception and the interpretation of the sense-datum theory and its supporting arguments that are developed in Chapters One through Four originated in these lectures. The rest of the manuscript was first written during the 1975-1976 academic year, while I held an NEH Fellowship in Residence for College Teachers at Brown University, and during the ensuing summer, under a SUNY Faculty Research Fellowship. I wish to express my sincere gratitude to the National Endowment for the Humanities and to the Research Foundation of the State University of New York for their support of my research. I am grateful to many former students, colleagues, and friends for their stimulating, constructive comments and criticisms. Among the former stu dents whose reactions and objections were most helpful are Richard Motroni, Donald Callen, Hilary Porter, and Glenn Shaikun. Among my colleagues at Brockport, I wish to thank Kevin Donaghy and Jack Glickman for their comments and encouragement. I am indebted to Eli Hirsch for reading and commenting most helpfully on the entire manuscript, to Peter M. Brown for a useful correspondence concerning key arguments in Chapters Five and Seven, to Keith Lehrer for a criticism of one of my arguments that led me to make some important revisions, and to Roderick M.

On the Normal and the Pathological

There has always been a moment when, all things considered, the practitioner's
attention has been drawn to certain symptoms, even solely objective ones, by
men who were complaining of not being normal – that is, of not being the same
as ...

Author : Georges Canguilhem

Release : 2012-12-06

Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN : 9400998538

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by MICHEL FOUCAULT Everyone knows that in France there are few logicians but many historians of science; and that in the 'philosophical establishment' - whether teaching or research oriented - they have occupied a considerable position. But do we know precisely the importance that, in the course of these past fifteen or twenty years, up to the very frontiers of the establishment, a 'work' like that of Georges Canguilhem can have had for those very people who were separ ated from, or challenged, the establishment? Yes, I know, there have been noisier theatres: psychoanalysis, Marxism, linguistics, ethnology. But let us not forget this fact which depends, as you will, on the sociology of French intellectual environments, the functioning of our university institutions or our system of cultural values: in all the political or scientific discussions of these strange sixty years past, the role of the 'philosophers' - I simply mean those who had received their university training in philosophy department- has been important: perhaps too important for the liking of certain people. And, directly or indirectly, all or almost all these philosophers have had to 'come to terms with' the teaching and books of Georges Canguilhem. From this, a paradox: this man, whose work is austere, intentionally and carefully limited to a particular domain in the history of science, which in any case does not pass for a spectacular discipline, has somehow found him self present in discussions where he himself took care never to figure.

Shelter Blues

To be normal required movement to another place and involvement in a different
social world: one could only be normal by being around normal people. This
meant that being normal in the shelter, where “sick” or “crazy” people were the ...

Author : Robert R. Desjarlais

Release : 2011-09-16

Publisher : University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN : 0812206436

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Desjarlais shows us not anonymous faces of the homeless but real people. While it is estimated that 25 percent or more of America's homeless are mentally ill, their lives are largely unknown to us. What must life be like for those who, in addition to living on the street, hear voices, suffer paranoid delusions, or have trouble thinking clearly or talking to others. Shelter Blues is an innovative portrait of people residing in Boston's Station Street Shelter. It examines the everyday lives of more than 40 homeless men and women, both white and African-American, ranging in age from early 20s to mid-60s. Based on a sixteen-month study, it draws readers into the personal worlds of these individuals and, by addressing the intimacies of homelessness, illness, and abjection, picks up where most scholarship and journalism stops. Robert Desjarlais works against the grain of media representations of homelessness by showing us not anonymous stereotypes but individuals. He draws on conversations as well as observations, talking with and listening to shelter residents to understand how they relate to their environment, to one another, and to those entrusted with their care. His book considers their lives in terms of a complex range of forces and helps us comprehend the linkages between culture, illness, personhood, and political agency on the margins of contemporary American society. Shelter Blues is unlike anything else ever written about homelessness. It challenges social scientists and mental health professionals to rethink their approaches to human subjectivity and helps us all to better understand one of the most pressing problems of our time.

Case Studies for Complementary Therapists

DISEASE Heart disease: common for DS No high cholesterol, BP normal range, ...

Author : Kelly Galvin

Release : 2011-08-17

Publisher : Elsevier Health Sciences

ISBN : 0729579557

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An invaluable resource for complementary therapists, health practitioners, students and teachers Case Studies for Complementary Therapists: a collaborative approach provides curriculum-level support for those working to develop the complementary potential between alternative medicines and conventional western medicine. This useful complementary medicine textbook provides insight into the initial complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) consultation process. It offers possible treatment and collaborative referral options for individual cases, rather than dictating diagnostic analysis or treatment protocols for specific health conditions. Through case studies on conditions like rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia, the book provides an important framework for clinicians and students, within which they can analyse and classify information gathered during consultation. The book will also help readers develop effective and appropriate treatment programs within the time constraints of a busy clinic. Case Studies for Complementary Therapists provides suggestions for questions to ask at consultation time; helping readers collect the necessary information to develop a working diagnosis and treatment protocol. Complementary medicine ethics and law Complementary practitioners are often uncertain about the legal and ethical boundaries in diagnosis and case management. Case Studies for Complementary Therapists: a collaborative approach will help complementary and alternative medicine practitioners and students: • recognise medical situations requiring referral • understand their role in collaborative case management • integrate complementary and alternative medicine modalities in treatment programs with confidence Provides a clear case analysis format which can be and adapted to suit the requirements of individual case histories Specific questioning format Clearly identifies situations where cross or collaborative referral is necessary Decision tables help readers prioritise treatment, refer appropriately and help guide clinical thinking when readers are faced with several treatment options. Class tested, curriculum based