Tuesday, October 6, 2015
PATRICK KENNEDY'S TELL ALL ABOUT HIS FAMILY'S DYSFUNCTIONS WITH ADDICTIONS AND MENTAL ILLNESS; IS IT THE ON-GOING OPRAHFICATION OF AMERICA WITH ITS ENSUING PUBLIC EXHIBITIONISM?
Patrick Kennedy is selling a book and thus is on the book-selling circuit of television's news and entertainment junket.
The bottom line is that his book is a tell-all of his family's dysfunctions with addictions and mental illness. His family isn't happy about it, whether real or feigned. (Here I am cynical, because by feigning unhappiness, it helps to sell the book!)
But Patrick said in one of his many exhibitionist interviews yesterday, which television new/entertainment exploits, that his family members, to include his late father Edward, did not like him talking publicly about the family's dark secrets and dysfunction. Patrick said that his parents are of the generation that didn't speak publicly about their dysfunctions.
BTW, I was brought up to not air one's dirty laundry publicly. We didn't gossip to others about what went on in our family. I happen to think this is positive but it doesn't exclude getting confidential help from professionals. We have more problems today with mental illness and addictions exacerbated by the exhibitionism of so many, to include Patrick Kennedy!
Not speaking publicly about one's family's dysfunctions is thus portrayed by Patrick as a bad, bad thing. Whereas his Phil Donahue/ Oprah Winfrey and a whole host of other tell-all talk show celebrities to include Dr. Phil or Pill, all want America to let it all hang out, to exhibit their dysfunctions and the dysfunctions of their families. Why? Because exhibitionism sells and makes big money for these shows when their rating soar by this kind of exhibitionism.
My question isn't so much that we should keep family mental illness and addictions quiet, I do believe people need to get confidential help and be assured of confidentiality. But beef is doing it in a public forum either to sell a book or to get TV ratings all for the almighty dollar.
At one time exhibitionism was considered a mental issue. Why no longer?