Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Comments by Nikhto

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  • When I dropped out of high school, I didn’t spend my free time smoking weed and playing video games, I went to libraries, museums and art galleries! Clearly I was still motivated to learn, despite the education system’s apparent campaign aimed at extinguishing curiosity.

    Bruce has written a lot about anti-authoritarians. At first it didn’t seem to fit because I wasn’t the classic rebel who mouthed off to teachers and smoked in the bathroom, I sat in the corner daydreaming and drawing. But I came to realize that in my own quiet way I was a rebel in that I always refused to allow anyone else to force their values and beliefs onto me, and while that showed a lot of strength, I still paid a high price for it.

    I had no idea that by seeking help from the mental healthcare system for my alienation and angst, I was jumping out of the pan and into the fire.

  • “One in ten thousand of us can make a technological breakthrough capable of supporting all the rest. The youth of today are absolutely right in recognizing this nonsense of earning a wage.” -Buckminster Fuller

    Ol’ Bucky’s been gone for 40 years and is more right than ever. In our education system’s zeal to get results (read: good scores on standardized exams), it has so often handicapped the creative misfits who are capable of solving problems that others haven’t even noticed yet.

    IMO there is a direct correlation between our inability to solve humanity’s many looming existential threats, and how our education systems and healthcare systems act in lockstep to suppress and pathologize the divergent minds who might otherwise have helped inoculate us from those threats and other troubles that arise out of groupthink.

    As is often said in recording studios: “garbage in, garbage out.”
    You’re never going to get a good sounding mix if the individual tracks sound like crap.

  • “I have talked to many young people whose inattention was a coping mechanism in response to their coercive schooling which was oppressive for them.”

    This was my experience. Teachers regularly scolded and humiliated me for not following their methods to a T, even when my own invented methods resulted in the correct answers and in half the time. They eventually turned a straight-A student into a high school dropout. It felt like I was part of some twisted experiment designed to find out what happens when authorities punish gifted, creative kids for their unusual abilities and independence.

    Later I was repeatedly retraumatized by mental health professionals who don’t have a f***ing clue what creativity looks like, nor that whatever it looks like to their unimaginative minds, it isn’t a disorder.

    My own path to healing from both the trauma of my oppressive schooling and the added retraumatization the mental health industry foisted on me has been painful, arduous and seemingly unending. But your work is helping Bruce, so thank you.

  • @ Daiphanous Weeping: There is no need for name calling. No one is preventing you from sharing your opinion. I for one am neither dehumanizing nor ostracizing the author of this piece who is free to chime in at any time. Like you, I am merely sharing my OPINION, borne not from malice or the desire for power or to bully but from legitimate concerns borne from personal experiences, as is my right.

  • @ Daiphanous Weeping: Of course you are free to have an opinion. But if I feel your opinion about MY opinion is wrong or a misrepresentation, I feel it necessary to either defend myself or to try to clarify myself. In this case, it is my perception that you have mischaracterized critiques of psychotherapy and/or the author here as being bitter and reactionary, and appear apologetic to the author who belongs to a group of professionals who many of us have legitimate reasons to criticize. But correct me if I’ve gotten it wrong.

    I joked that you might be a therapist because in my experience, some therapists think that they know what the patient is thinking and feeling better than the patient does. It is based on the assumption that the patient has unconscious defence mechanisms that are keeping their true feelings and motivations hidden. Sometimes that is the case, but not always. I don’t know what therapists say to schizophrenic patients, but I’ve heard some doozies and each time they missed the mark it harmed me, and my mental health further declined, suffering “a death by a thousand cuts”.

    “Did you know that developmentally music is the first language of the human species. Consider cave peoples. Consider whales.”

    Yes. I get it. I am a multi-disciplinary artist. I am a visual artist, a musician, songwriter, designer, builder and inventor among other things. I would have made a damned good caveman! (Maybe I was born 20,000 years too late?) I don’t say that to impress anyone or to assert my authority, but to highlight the primary reason therapists have gotten me wrong all these years. Because most of them still DON’T get it, “IT” being creativity, free-spiritedness and the necessity for the highly creative person to defy conformity, expected norms and to be easily understood.

    “I truly aspire to be dim. I am working on it every day. Intelligence has never been my friend. I prefer to be a complete idiot.”

    I am a fool. In a couple ways in my creative life, literally. My screen name means “nobody”. I have seen glimpses of what I believe a “healthy” state of mind is whilst in a flow state whether it be engaged in a creative act or while going extremely fast on a gravity vehicle of one sort or another. Sadly, that state of blissful idiocy is fleeting but keeps me seeking. Have a good day.

  • You seem to think you know what we are thinking and feeling when we post critical comments…you wouldn’t happen to be a therapist would you? ;P

    All joking aside and speaking of assumptions, it is the confident assumptions that mental healthcare professionals regularly make – minus the accountability when they are so wrong that they harm the patient – that is probably the biggest objection I have about the industry.

    I really hope this guy has the answers. But a couple hundred years of similar pronouncements by would-be healers means extreme caution is a good bet.

  • Stephen King once offered advice to upcoming writers looking for feedback on their work:

    “If you ask ten people to read your piece and five of them dislike the same part, then change it. However, if you get ten different opinions then you can safely disregard all of them.”

    I have found the same to be true when it comes to psychotherapists. While they do not prescribe dangerous medications, they are still far from being harmless.

  • A few thoughts: I am skeptical that we will ever arrive at a satisfactory labeling system.

    I became disabled precisely because no two mental health professionals could agree on what was “wrong” with me. I was given many therapies and prescribed dozens of dangerous medications before I finally put a stop to the insanity, albeit too late. It took me many years to figure out that the damage that was done to me was because I am in many ways an extreme outlier that defies description, particularly by those who have no frame of reference.

    An inventor told me that someone who has a new idea instantly becomes a minority of one.

    I once angrily demanded that a doctor explain why he continued to insist that I was “better”, when everyone else could plainly see how much worse the medications were making me. He gave me a wounded look as if he was expecting a punch to the face and said “I just don’t understand you. You are a free spirit with a healthy ego but poor self esteem.”

    Clearly he doesn’t know any artists. 😉

    How can anyone understand – let alone competently treat – a free spirit when they are not one themselves?

    We put animals in cages and accept that causes Zoochosis in some of them, and yet we deny that this might also be the case with some humans. How do we know that the emotional crises in some of us is not a built-in feature of our species that is a warning system that ensures our survival? Instead we continue hoping that if we persevere along the same path that we will eventually discover the faults within the individual, leaving society to go on as ever, alarm bells be damned.