Saturday, May 24, 2014

PSYCHOLOGICAL UNDERPINNINGS IN THE NEOCATECHUMENAL COMMUNITY

Mary Lou has left a new comment on your post "SORRY TIM, DIANA GOT YOU ON THUS (sic) ONE": 

Anonymous (May 23, 2014 at 11:43 AM) brought up an interesting point by sharing the belief of "a dr who works in mental health issues" that the NCW appeals to those who may have mental health problems. I've read several articles that substantiate this belief, including "The Psychological Mechanisms of Mental Conditioning Inside the Neocatechumenate Community" 


and "Psychological Umderpinnings in the Neocatechumenal Community: Report by Professor Alberto Picano, Psychiatrist at San Camillo Hospital in Rome" 


However, the generalization made by Anonymous (May 24, 2014 at 1:22 AM) that the NCW appeals to the "mentally challenged" is an unfair characterization, in my opinion. To be clear, the term "mentally challenged" is often used as a euphemism for individuals with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities. Granted, thanks to the likes of "Gino from Sinajana," "Old Man from Santa Rita," and numerous "Anonymous" Kiko's/Kiko-bots who rant on this blog, one might be inclined to think they are "mentally challenged." But they are in the minority, in terms of NCW members. 

I know a number of "Neos" — not "Kiko's"! — and they are most definitely NOT "mentally challenged." They may have personal issues — possibly even mental health issues like depression — that led them to join the NCW. It's just too bad that the comments from the Kiko's/Kiko-bots are so vile and project such a poor image of the membership. 

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