Self-actualization is sought by all people. Experience with mental difference, both as a patient and as a staff member in a mental hospital leads to a greater understanding of the meaning and nature of this difference. It arises from variations in biographical experience, social interactions, personal frame and self-choice. Providing the mentally different with the responsibility of at least limited choice empowers them while affirming their human dignity and worth.
"Clinical Insights about Mental Difference,"
Clinical Sociology Review:
1, Article 12.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/csr/vol8/iss1/12