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Head Mates
« on: November 02, 2012, 01:27:50 pm »
So it wasn't until today that I heard this term. From what I can gather, Head Mates are just a fancy term for Imaginary Friend. Except these people think that they're real. To me, they are making a mockery of people with schizoprenia. They are self dignosed and many of the characters are from games, books, or comics. I think this is completely bat shit ridiculous.

http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/headmates <----- check it out. see for yourself. It's almost scary.

Has anyone else encountered this nonsense? Thoughts? Think it's as ridiculous as I do?
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Re: Head Mates
« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2012, 01:31:27 pm »
Brother mine, you need to read the "Social Justice Adovactes Etc." thread. Headmates are but the tip of the iceberg in terms of Tumblr's batshittery.

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Re: Head Mates
« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2012, 01:34:30 pm »
That's actually where I first saw it. I figured I'd make this over here because I didn't want to derail the current convo in the thread, and I wanted some dedicated commentary regarding this bat shittery.

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Re: Head Mates
« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2012, 02:06:35 pm »
I have heard of headmates, being on Tumblr a lot. While some I think are a sign of legitimate mental illness (and yes, I know people where you read their posts about having headmates and and it's like ohgodgethelpgethelp) and others are experiencing iatrogenic symptoms on par with people who have dissociative identity disorder, I also think that liberally mixed in are Poes.

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Re: Head Mates
« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2012, 02:48:56 pm »
For the love of all that is good, I hope they are poes...I really do. The whole thing seems attention whorish to me...Like, looky looky! I have weird things that make me special..Like these other 5000 people...I've been reading and I've noticed all of them are self diagnosed with various SERIOUS mental illnesses. For example, "The doctors couldn't find anything wrong with me, but I KNOW I'm bi-polar."

That's just a slap in the face to the folks that actually are, IMHO.
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Re: Head Mates
« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2012, 03:31:47 pm »
For the love of all that is good, I hope they are poes...I really do. The whole thing seems attention whorish to me...Like, looky looky! I have weird things that make me special..Like these other 5000 people...I've been reading and I've noticed all of them are self diagnosed with various SERIOUS mental illnesses. For example, "The doctors couldn't find anything wrong with me, but I KNOW I'm bi-polar."

That's just a slap in the face to the folks that actually are, IMHO.

This is what kinda gets under my skin and gets me angry as well. I am actually, legitimately diagnosed with Bi-polar I, mixed with psychotic features and Asperger's Disorder as well as having General Anxiety Disorder. These are actually quite common in the populace but the people on tumblr (and probably elsewhere on the Internet) are just posing because they want to "feel special" whereas to me it feels almost like it's a mockery of some sort.

Also moving this thread to Society as it is more fitting there. We already have a ranty thread about these kinds of people.


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Re: Head Mates
« Reply #6 on: November 02, 2012, 04:37:45 pm »
Like I said before, I think at least some of it could be teens who are just having the standard identity crisis. Rather than going through a more common rebellious phase like I'm sure many of us have, they do this. I'm sure others have actual mental disorders, but the folks who are doing it purely for uniqueness can go fuck themselves. There are people who have legitimate mental disorders and doing such a thing merely mocks what they have to deal with.
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Re: Head Mates
« Reply #7 on: November 02, 2012, 04:59:32 pm »
http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/headmates <----- check it out. see for yourself. It's almost scary.


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There are people who have legitimate mental disorders and doing such a thing merely mocks what they have to deal with.

Pretty much. I can assure these people that, you know, mental health problems are not fun.

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Re: Head Mates
« Reply #8 on: November 02, 2012, 05:00:59 pm »
Hey I have a planet of head mates...ALL OF THEM LINCOLN!

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Re: Head Mates
« Reply #9 on: November 02, 2012, 05:23:16 pm »
Hey I have a planet of head mates...ALL OF THEM LINCOLN!

I have headmates too...an apple, a penguin and Bill Gates. Don't ask me how he can be in my head while he still alive.


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Re: Head Mates
« Reply #10 on: November 02, 2012, 05:42:14 pm »
http://modernprimate.tumblr.com/post/27429069426/hey-boss-can-i-lay-on-your-keyboard-for-a

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Okay, so what’s a headmate?

- It’s like a roommate for your head. People who identify as multiple systems generally have one or more headmates.

Is that the same as multiple personality disorder?

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Re: Head Mates
« Reply #11 on: November 02, 2012, 06:01:43 pm »
I think the short description of these guys is "Almost everything wrong with tumblr taken human form". If the support of abuse was a bit more consistent I could take the almost off.

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Re: Head Mates
« Reply #12 on: November 05, 2012, 03:15:18 am »
I think head-mates are more a confusion with regards to the person and their own inner monologs. If I look at how they describe their head-mate personae and influence it sounds like it is their inner monolog given a label and made to fit that label. I know that my own inner monolog can have different voices and emotional tones, but I still recognize that all of that is still just my brain doing its thing working through feelings and thoughts and emotions and recent stimuli. While I think people who claim to have head-mates have mistaken that and compartmentalized their inner monologs and dressed them up. Then whenever they think to themselves with a certain level of emotional tone they see it as their head-mate and that re-enforces their belief.

Given that dissociative identity disorder does not seem to have much evidence behind it, I am inclined to dismiss it as a possibility. Especially given how a fair number of these people have been for psychiatric evaluation and come back clean. Similarly, it does not match the symptoms of schizophrenia as that is more delusions of external stimuli instead of an internal personality. Of course I am not a mental health professional, however this is my impression and feeling about it.

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Re: Head Mates
« Reply #13 on: November 05, 2012, 12:58:18 pm »
Like I said before, I think at least some of it could be teens who are just having the standard identity crisis. Rather than going through a more common rebellious phase like I'm sure many of us have, they do this. I'm sure others have actual mental disorders, but the folks who are doing it purely for uniqueness can go fuck themselves. There are people who have legitimate mental disorders and doing such a thing merely mocks what they have to deal with.

This.  I'm pretty sure most of the posers with fake mental problems (as opposed to the genuinely mentally ill) are affluent teenagers who don't feel like they're unique enough so they have to make something up.  Combine this with the unfortunate euphemism of "special" to mean "mentally disordered or disabled," and you get the phenom where teens think that you have to have something wrong with you in order to be interesting.

It could also incorporate what Sylvana said.  We refer to "hearing voices inside your head" as a symptom of mental disorders ALL THE TIME.  But when you're thinking things, you perceive it...as your brain "talking" inside your head.
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Re: Head Mates
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