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Mental health: a worthwhile goal

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 21 August 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g5249

What is normal?

Society is a Procrustean bed of normalcy, in which some people, no matter how hard they try, never quite measure up or fit in, and thus are driven to retreat from society. With this retreat, the tyranny of normalcy tightens, and society shrinks by losing its individuality, creativity, productivity, and progress. Society needs variety, and sometimes it's not normal to be normal. 

Competing interests: No competing interests

26 August 2014
Hugh Mann
New York, USA