What is sanity? When you search the term on the Internet, majorly two answers show up. One defines sanity as ‘the state of having a normal healthy mind’. The other describes it as ‘the state of being reasonable and sensible’.

 

Now, with respect to the first definition, broadly considering, what is a ‘healthy mind’? One who always generates positive thoughts? But then, doesn’t this practice show ignorance towards many realities of life and the happenings in society, which can never be completely positive?

As Google search shows, in psychiatry, identity crisis is ‘a period of uncertainty and confusion in which a person’s sense of identity becomes insecure, typically due to a change in their expected aims or role in society’. Is identity crisis a loss of sanity?

I don’t know. I am not able to figure out despite reading all these definitions online and reading about Freud and psychoanalysis and the theories of the various gurus that have become famous lately. I don’t know what sanity means. Having a brain? Being logical? Staying silent at grave situations and happy at seemingly happy circumstances? To be aware that the happiness will end and not be affected by pain and be in a neutral emotional state? Is it one of the definitions that Google search comes up with when I surf? I believe, sanity will remain to be a mystery for me. 

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