Thursday, March 23, 2023

Comments by mentalpatient2000

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  • I agree with the overall point of this piece, I think that the boundaries, emotional maturity, and self-awareness of individuals who consider themselves as offering help to vulnerable others play an important role in whether that help will actually be helpful or harmful. Individuals with trauma need to be respected as autonomous agents whose boundaries and wishes should be respected.

    However, I think the point about treating different traumas involving different relationships with violence and powerlessness could be made while acknowledging the complexity of trauma. I am a male survivor of sexual abuse, and I have also experienced powerlessness, and as a result been harmed by therapists who had poor boundaries. I think that the range of different traumas for which poor boundaries could be harmful is broader than only women who have experienced abuse, and could include anyone who has been abused, and other situations that induce powerlessness.