The popular Victorian image of the ideal wife/woman came to be "the Angel in the House," who was expected to be devoted and submissive to her husband. The Angel was passive and powerless, meek, charming, graceful, sympathetic, self-sacrificing, pious, and above all--pure. The phrase "Angel in the House" comes from the title of an immensely popular poem by Coventry Patmore, in which he holds his angel-wife up as a model for all women.
The rest cure was a treatment for what was deemed hysteria in women.
It had great popularity in the 19th century as a way to treat women with mental illnesses that might later be termed generalized anxiety disorder or major depression.
It might also be applied to women of the upper classes who were simply exhausted by the chores of raising children, overseeing large households, or who were suffering postpartum depression after the birth of a child.
As soon as the maximum degree of improvement has been attained, -- a period which ensues at the end of six to ten weeks or more , -- the patient should be permitted to leave the bed for a few minutes daily , say, five or ten minutes at a time.
The process of getting the patient out of bed should be a very gradual one; otherwise the effort of sitting up may bring on a sense of weakness, trembling in the extremities, faintness, or giddiness.
Symptoms such as these are, however, never observed in patients in whom proper care is exercised.
Little by little the time is increased until the patient sits up five or six hours out of the twenty-four.
However, neurasthenic patients will often say that they cannot " hear right "; though this symptom, when investigated, proves as a rule to be psychic and not directly referable to the ear -- that is, it is due to lack of the power of sustained attention and not to any true difficulty of hearing.
With regard to smell the patient complaining inordinately of odors, not especially noticed by healthy persons.
Tonics and elixirs containing opium were readily available in drugstores, and doctors commonly prescribed opiates for upper and middle class women suffering from neurasthenia and other "female problems."
Nineteenth century physicians considered the female body a delicate vessel , easily damaged by unchecked social exertion or stress.
In 1873, Harvard physician Edward H. Clarke wrote a widely acclaimed book, "Sex in Education, or A Fair Chance for Our Girls," which charged that education was the culprit for female sterility (as the condition was then called) by manufacturing women with "monstrous brains and puny bodies."
Clarke wrote: "The reproductive machinery , to be well made ... must be carefully managed. Force must be allowed to flow thither in an ample stream ... and not diverted to the brain by the school."
Health minister Hakuo Yanagisawa said :"The number of women aged between 15 and 50 is fixed. Because the number of child-bearing machines and devices is fixed, all we can ask for is for them to do their best per head."
Mitchell’s advice is to “live as domestic a life as possible,” to have “but two hours intellectual life a day,” and to “never touch pen, brush or pencil again.”
Whack-job Advice TOM CRUISE CREATED A FIRESTORM WHEN HE CRITICIZED BROOKE SHIELDS FOR REVEALING THAT SHE WENT INTO THERAPY AND TOOK ANTIDEPRESSANTS TO DEAL WITH HER POST PARTUM DEPRESSION. AS A SCIENTOLGIST, HE DOESN'T BELIEVE IN PSYCHIATRIC MEDICINE.
“I've never agreed with psychiatry, ever. Before I was a Scientologist I never agreed with psychiatry. and when I started studying the history of psychiatry, I understood more and more why i didn't believe in psychology”. TOM CRUISE
“ If civilization imposes such great sacrifices not only on man’s sexuality but on his aggressivity, we can understand better why it is hard for him to be happy in that civilization. In fact, primitive man was better off in knowing no restrictions of instinct.”
“ If civilization imposes such great sacrifices not only on woman’s sexuality but on her aggressivity, we can understand better why it is hard for her to be happy in that civilization. In fact, primitive woman was better off in knowing no restrictions of instinct.”
"People attribute their own undesirable traits onto others. An individual who unconsciously recognizes his or her aggressive tendencies may then see other people acting in an excessively aggressive way."