In the words of John Rohrer


1. See the problem

Don’t sugar-coat it.
Don’t inflate it.
Recognize its nature, as a temporary state.

2. See the ideal

Ask yourself: “How am I when I am well?”
Or, “What does Harmony look like?”
Picture success.

3. Be mindful

To move toward your goals, you must be mindful.
Your focus decides your destiny.
Pay attention.


–John Rohrer, March 13, 2015


Cogs in the machine know purpose,
Stuck in their essential place.
Potential is subverted by the fit they can’t escape.

–John Rohrer, January 18, 2015


Free speech is meaningless without free thought.
(And therefore forced psychiatry is unconstitutional.)

–John Rohrer, July 7, 2014



A conceptual mind is a powerful tool which I use to digest my experience. With consistent recognition of their non-reality, daydreams do not become delusions, but remain benign (and are even therapeutic).  My insight relies on my ability to conceptualize, and insight is globally important for me as a writer, friend, and maker of decisions.

–John Rohrer, August 25, 2014



“We do care, John.  But you have to understand that we care like a dog owner cares for a dog. The dog wants to run free and hates getting shots, but the owner knows what is best.  The owner knows the dog will get sick without the shot.  So he does it even though it is against the dog’s will.  The owner knows the dog will eat cats, or starve if it runs free.  So, in balance, it’s what’ is best. Do you see what I’m saying?”

“I think so. You’re saying that a mental patient is so dim that he should have his most basic rights taken away because someone thinks he knows what is best and that such people are like dogs.”

–John Rohrer, September 30, 2014



Hard power, soft power–
Using one, you lose the other.
Careful what you choose to smother.
Which one will you need?

–John Rohrer, October 9, 2014



If a person lacks the capacity for informed consent, that does not mean you force it on him or her. That would be absurd.  Is it okay to rape someone because he or she lacks the capacity for informed consent? “Oh, you’ll thank me,” says the rapist.  “Sex is great and now you’ll know.”  It is the same with forced drugging.  If you lack the capacity for informed consent, you should be educated at the pace of interest, not violated by someone else’s wishes.  A drug, like sex, has risks, and is trauma when it is against your will.

–John Rohrer, November 8, 2014


They want to BREAK US. The highest goal of the authoritarian paradigm is to induce Stockholm Syndrome.

–John Rohrer, December 13, 2014






We are all of us alone,

Alone and trying to transcend it.

On the journey, we discover who we are

And learn to tell it to the world.


In truly listening with empathy,

We see how others’ hearts are valid.

In this understanding, we will never be alone.


John Rohrer, February 2, 2015


July 24, 2015:

“Psychologists and psychiatrists aren’t more likely to understand you compared to anyone else – they’re LESS likely because they aren’t trying to empathize with an equal; they’re trying to put you into a box.”

July 22, 2015:

I was tired of his invalidation
So there it is. I’m a quitter. I gave up on The System.
Therapy is friendship, in my opinion.
I try to be a good friend, and I hope my friends return the favor.
I think that’s sanity. I hope you agree.

July 17, 2015

Freedom’s more than just a word to feel patriotic about.  It’s something very basic, which most of us take for granted, but which we suffer in our hearts when we don’t have. Acts of violence should be policed.  But a human being’s soul should be respected. End forced drugging. You can start by opposing The Murphy Bill.



2 thoughts on “In the words of John Rohrer”

    1. It is good to hear that you were released and also that you were able to settle. It is terrible that people get locked up to begin with and that it happens to so many people. Thank you for your support.

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