I frequently think about what society would look like if therapists (psychologists, etc) weren't largely framed as authority figures and gatekeepers - against children, against gender minorities, against those with disabilities.

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I think about all of my friends who are apprehensive or outright terrified of seeing a therapist and

when did that become normal? was it always normal? how has seeing a healer become a source of routine, expected trauma in our society?

when you see a therapist as a child, and unless you are very lucky, you are treated as if you are an automaton, not even a person, and the therapist instead "treats" your parents/teachers

but the same happens to adults: they exist to "protect" society from your "shortcomings"

as an adult it's much easier to find a therapist who meets you as an equal, but by then, the damage is done. the healing space is now one of subjugation.

anyway. that's just one of the systems we'd need to overhaul is any kind of "revolution". otherwise, what's the point?

@AmyZenunim Makes me think of The Disposessed, and the way experts become gatekeepers and acquire power even in an anti-hierarchical society.

@AmyZenunim also how going to therapy is stigmatized in some circles

as if it would be some personal failure that you didn't manage to pull yourself out with your bootstraps

society, u ok?

@AmyZenunim Yeah, it's almost a priestlike role both in the application of their ~discipline~ and this kind of authority figure nonsense... I hate it so much.
Another consequence of it is the way people medicalize every single kind of mental distress and try to use them as a means to quarantine it/shift off responsibility for dealing w/ the issues people close to them face. But that's a tangent I could go on about for ages...
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