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Introduction 21 issues and questions about concrete, real life issues; through participation in socially useful activity; through dialogue in groups and community meetings. Issues raised from the empowerment process to advocacy levels must simultaneously be returned to their origin through activity which embodies both tendencies. Case management, following similar principles, continues to create limited situations related to daily life, usually focused on legal rights and entitlements. In each situation, the challenge is to find the vehicle for transmitting information, supporting the struggle of the person to grasp the material in relation to their reality and to encourage movement from a status of being known/acted upon to an experience of knowing/acting.
One’s identity, therefore, emerges as a critical commentary on a social network rather than standing as a statement about an autonomous individual. What we mean here is that the behaviour of the ‘chronic’ ex-patient must be seen in two ways at the same time. It must be understood as a learned survival strategy, as historical baggage that the person brings with him/her from the hospital; and it must be seen as a result of the social relations she/he is and has been involved in over time. This dimension can be elaborated by seeing in the typical behavior patterns of the ex-patient the reciprocal functioning of the typical behaviour patterns Problem definition—a theory and orientation 33 of the mental health professional; one cannot be understood apart from the other.
This process regulates the world of the professional or agency, forcing the experience of the client/supplicant to ‘fit’ into a dominated and domesticated reality. Freire suggests another approach: to pose problems to people about their world, ‘the organized, systematized and developed “re-presentation” to individuals of the things about which they want to know more’ (Freire, 1968, p. 82). Solving a problem, in a conventional sense, ends the discovery of what causes the problem at hand, and others similar to it, to exist.