The case of "Faint" (schizophrenia)

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The case of "Faint"


Biopsychiatric labels DSM-5

Schizophrenia, delusion, paranoia


Checklist Behaviours DSM-7

Adultery, Deception, lying, violence, uncontrolled anger, rage


Insights MMPI-7



Quick Pick EDS-7.1



Self-disablement EDS-7.2



Chemical imbalance EDS-7.3

No. Not taking any prescribed psychiatric drugs.


Benefits EDS-7.4

Escape duty or life situation: EDS-7.4.4

Sympathy: EDS-7.4.5

Control over others: EDS-7.4.6

Smokescreen for secret sin that is soon to be discovered: EDS-7.4.10

Self-punishment for personal failures or to ease a guilty conscience: EDS-7.4.11


Monetary EDS-7.5



Annoyance Scale EDS-7.6



Diagnostic Laws EDS-7.7

Law of Narcissistic Behaviour Choice (NBC) EDS-7.7.1.NBC

Law of Derivative Personal Benefit (DPB) EDS-7.7.2.DPB

Law of Habitual Smokescreen Decoy (HSD) EDS-7.7.10.HSD

Law of Locus Pentaphasic Transmutation (LPT) EDS-7.7.11.LPT

Law of Anticipatory Warthog Psychosis (AWP) EDS-7.7.13.AWP


Determine the Problem

Secret sin of adultery soon to be discovered


Ask a Child



5 years later EDS-7.7.LPT

Both women married to new men. The question of why they became psychotic may be difficult to answer, but at the beginning of 5 years they were married to preachers and at the end of 5 years, they were not psychotic, but married to non-Christians. They wanted to escape from being preacher's wives.




The case of "Faint"

The case of two preacher's wives:

  1. Both were the cause of significant unrest in the home with anger and yelling.
  2. Both were self-centered and hyper narcissistic.
  3. Both became romantically involved with men other than their husbands, after 15 years of marriage.
  4. Both told other sisters in the church about their feeling for the "other man", but portrayed themselves as models for Christian women to follow and imitate in their fight against temptation.
  5. Both fainted in church on Sunday morning shortly after the Lord's supper, and had to be taken away by ambulance where they were both examined by a medical doctor. All tests indicated the body was functioning normally and the doctor released them both within a few hours with no clinical follow-up.
  6. Both then attacked and slandered an innocent member within their local church as a smokescreen for their own sin.
  7. Both refused to repent of the sin of slander when told to.
  8. Both then experienced paranoia and delusions.
  9. Both spent time in a mental hospital.
  10. Both were diagnosed with schizophrenia.
  11. Both refused to take any anti-psychotic drugs offered to them on a voluntary basis under the advice of a psychiatrist.
  12. Both left their husbands when they got out of the mental hospital.
  13. Both abandoned their children.
  14. Both made full recoveries with no signs of mental illness a year after being divorced.
  15. Both left the church.
  16. Both remarried to non-Christians.


Fainting during the Lord's supper is where a sinner is nearest to God. The guilty conscience was looking for an escape from having to be in such close communion with God, the way a child will hold his hand over his eyes to hide from his parents. These two preachers wives share many commonalities with each other and many of the same sins.

One of the subjects of "Faint" was a preacher's wife who was directly involved in a secret sexual affair at the exact time she fainted in church. It is actually common for people to faint in church and then be admitted to the mental hospital as we see in 1813 AD. "In one instance, the disorder came on during the singing in a Methodist meeting-house ; but an extraordinary excitement had been previously observed ; which, it is at least highly probable, led the patient to the place where the ebullition [boiling, unsettled] of his mind, could no longer be repressed." (Description Of The Retreat For Insane, Samuel Tuke, 1813 AD) Truly history repeated itself when this preacher's wife's conscience was boiling over and so unsettled, the only escape was fainting from the internal furor of guilt. It would also get all the ladies of the church praying for her and showing sympathy rather than the open rebuke she deserved.

A child viewing the women faint would say, "she is sick". But when you later tell the child that the doctors examined the women and there was nothing medically wrong with them, and ask, "why do you think they fainted if they were not medically sick"? The child would say, "they didn’t want to be in church the same way I fake being sick to get out of school."

Why would two preacher's wives behave in this way? The answer is simple. They didn't want to be married to their husbands anymore and desired a new life situation where they were not preacher's wives. The fault did not lie in the husbands, but in the unhappiness of the wives who felt trapped in the marriage. Five years later, they arrived in life at the place they wanted to be: married to new husbands in an entirely new life situation. Fainting was merely symbolic of their desire to escape from their present unhappy life.

The fainting and psychotic behaviours were also calculated to gain control over their husband's instead of being submissive.

Benefits from behaviour: This illustrates the Law of Narcissistic Behaviour Choice (NBC) EDS-7.7.1.NBC

  1. Escape duty or life situation: EDS-7.4.4. Both preachers' wives wanted to leave their husbands.
  2. Sympathy: EDS-7.4.5. Fainting implies a medical problem, which would garner
  3. Control over others: EDS-7.4.6
  4. Smokescreen for secret sin that is soon to be discovered: EDS-7.4.10
  5. Escape rebuke, criticism, shame and a method of giving up that garners sympathy rather than rebuke: EDS-7.4.11. A method of escaping reality by entering the fantasy world of the psychotic.


Diagnostic laws that are seen illustrated in the case of "xxx":

  1. Law of Narcissistic Behaviour Choice (NBC) EDS-7.7.1.NBC
  2. Law of Derivative Personal Benefit (DPB) EDS-7.7.2.DPB
  3. Law of Habitual Smokescreen Decoy (HSD) EDS-7.7.10.HSD
  4. Law of Locus Pentaphasic Transmutation (LPT) EDS-7.7.11.LPT

5.      Law of Anticipatory Warthog Psychosis (AWP) EDS-7.7.13.AWP 



Note: Although these are based upon real case stories, the names and details have been changed to hide the identities of the people. This practice follows the standards of medical case history publication.


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