Donít tag me as mentally retarded, as I am normal: A case study to understand the emotional development, dreams and insecurities of mentally challenged people (pp. 245-254)
Authors: Munir Moosa Sadruddin and Zaira Wahab
Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to understand the emotional development of mild mentally challenged people. The researchers are primarily interested in understanding the feelings, emotions and fears of mild mentally challenged people and how they perceive social relations. This paper also deals with social and emotional problems faced by mild mentally challenged people. In this case study, single descriptive (providing narrative accounts) case study methodology is carried out. A mild mentally challenged man was selected for the case study. The data is collected through multiple sources: in-depth interviews and direct observation. The case is narrated followed by detailed perspectives about few incidents. The researcher finds that the selected mild mentally challenged person was expressive, cooperative, supportive, kind- hearted, intelligent and understandable. He was peace loving and express same kind of emotions and fears which a normal person have; however his wishes could be of different nature. The respondent for this particular case was not socially active due to fears and anxiety. He has minor communication and physical movement problems, but his expressions were mature. The respondent was emotionally disturbed, insecure about his future and exhibit mild behavior problem mainly because of being rejected by society. The respondent had negative feelings for this world and for their own lives. The barrier of society norms and family attitude towards the respondent construct negative feelings for people and life. The respondent needs courage and moral support to face the realities. Finally, the respondent wants people to stop tagging him mental. Based on the findings, valuable learningís are provided at the end.