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I had such a beautiful conversation with another woman entrenched in radical politics about being viewed as the tough girl who doesn’t need help - but what when we do? When we talk about our personal struggles with abuse, disordered eating, relationship troubles, and depression, will we be seen as a dangerous liability? Will people view us as less strong, as less able to guide other women younger than us, our age, or even educate our elders about our experiences? Will people see our tears as a sign of weakness and dismiss our anger because we’re unable or unwilling to hide our sadness and the vulnerability we fight tooth and nail to overcome? Who really wants to see us thrive and who can’t wait to see us falter?
Who really wants to see us thrive and who can’t wait to see us falter?
and how can we tell the difference? who can we trust when betrayal is a constant?
Anonymous said: yo this is for all the racists t(-_-t)
haha yeah middle fingers UP
YOU DO NOT GIVE PSYCHOTHERAPY TO PEOPLE WITHOUT THEIR CONSENT.
Psychotherapists treat arachnophobia with exposure therapy, too. They expose people first to cute, little spiders behind a glass cage. Then bigger spiders. Then they take them out of the cage. Finally, in a carefully controlled environment with their very supportive therapist standing by, they make people experience their worst fear, like having a big tarantula crawl all over them. It usually works pretty well.
Finding an arachnophobic person, and throwing a bucket full of tarantulas at them while shouting “I’M HELPING! I’M HELPING!” works less well.
And this seems to be the arachnophobe’s equivalent of the PTSD “advice” in the Pacific Standard. There are two problems with its approach. The first is that it avoids the carefully controlled, anxiety-minimizing setup of psychotherapy.
The second is that YOU DO NOT GIVE PSYCHOTHERAPY TO PEOPLE WITHOUT THEIR CONSENT.
FACT: People undergoing exposure therapy for phobias need a slow pace and the most important marker between steps is that someone is calm. If someone becomes overwhelmed in the process they can often revert to step one.
If you’re one of those people yelling how people should just get over it and railing against trigger warnings, congratulations, you actually make it harder for people to get over it. You’re the cause of your own problem.
anyone concerning themselves with trying to prove that michael brown shoplifted from a convenience store believes that black people should be executed extrajudicially for petty theft