”This project is about dealing with misunderstood behavior and reducing the empathy gap between persons with psychotic behavior and security guards in the shops. The aim of this project is to teach security guards, but it also has value for others to increase their empathy.”
We have a big challenge as a society: Learn to understand a little bit the alteration of the reality of some people. Stories connect us as a society, create bonds and most importantly, create bonds of empathy. There are few indicator that allow us to recognize and understand people who live in these situations in which their reality is altered and their interpersonal and social relationships are drastically affected.
Sam is a Dutch journalist who experienced many episodes of psychosis due to an accident that affected his neck and made him enter alternate realities to the “normal” one. Sam Gerrits describes his episodes in such detail, so real, that reading it is like experiencing all those moments of anguish for him and his family.