KJ Steele: 86 Reasons Why You May Have Been Committed to an Insane Asylum in the Late 1800s: #7

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11154768_1442940905999608_2221307913835538095_oAre 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.

#7 – Immoral Life

This reason is very telling. How on earth could an ‘immoral life’ ever have been translated as a form of insanity? Bad judgment, perhaps. Irritating and embarrassing to one’s family–certainly. But a mental illness?

Today’s reason for committal smacks hard of plain, old judgement wearing a fancy dress. I would suspect this reason would have, at times, been used liberally to control and intimidate those members of society who were perhaps just a little more free-spirited or alternate-thinking than the rest.

I can think of at least two characters in my novel ‘The Bird Box’ who very well may have been committed under a variation of this reason.

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KJ Steele is the author of two novels, including the recently published The Bird Box. Visit her website.

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