KJ Steele: 86 Reasons Why You May Have Been Committed to an Insane Asylum in the Late 1800s: #10

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Are You Insane? No? Well, you just might be by the time we get to the end of the list. 86 reasons why you may have been committed to an Insane Asylum in the late 1800s.

Reason # 10 – Laziness


Oh, oh. Who of us could have avoided this one for a lifetime? No wonder people have learned to loathe laziness and esteem workaholism. ‘Sneaking off to have a nap’ takes on a whole new meaning for me now.

Once committed to the asylum this reason for entry would have proved helpful to the institution. Patients were often assigned jobs; laundry, cooking, cleaning, laboring in the fields and gardens, etc. Although for some the work would have provided an outlet and been a source of self-esteem, for others it would have been onerous and a taxing demand on their already tired minds and bodies.

Patients were not generally paid for their labors but their possible release was sometimes leveraged by staff in order to encourage their ‘willingness’ to work for free.

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KJ Steele is the author of two novels. Her latest, The Bird Box, is available now. Visit her website for more.

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