In this piece, Keris Myrick critiques the usage of the word “anosognosia” and reflects on its power to harm the people it is directed at.
“The ‘a’ word is our scarlet letter it is our brand that we didn’t ask for – that we don’t want.
People say it means you have no insight no understanding but in fact you may have the most insight and most understanding of all. Perhaps what they mean is you don’t have the insight on the thing they want you to have insight about.
The ‘a’ word is powerful but it shouldn’t have that much power – it’s too powerful – once used, it cannot be undone, erased or forgotten.
The power of the word divides us.
The power of the word stops us from talking, being curious, connecting and maybe even loving.”