Thursday, May 6, 2021

Comments by Sarah P

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  • boans, Karin, Sam Plover and Rainbow: I am appreciating your commentary. I have been thinking, even from my secular view point – that the times when I have been able to reach peace in my heart around the harm that has been done to me in the guise of help, is when I have been able to embrace the understanding you refer to in: ” bless their hearts, they don’t know what they’re doing” and “forgive them, for they know not what they do” and also “there are none so blind as those that cannot see”. I am very grateful to have been able to access forgiveness – it has most often been when I have found some freedom from the reach of that harm, and much more challenging when the harm is current and the threat at large. Sarah Preece, NZ

  • Karin, thanks for writing this; i greatly appreciate the wisdom of your experience and thoughts, and the resource they represent personally to me.
    Recently, aged 49 after I survived an horrific, random, violent assault, I found myself served up to ‘psychiatry and psychology’ (for insurance purposes related to my injuries).
    I have had to defend myself from being pathologised and medicated by practitioners who are clearly not confortable to sit alongside me in my strength and vulnerability.
    I am particularly concerned about the inequity of this (supposedly) therapeutic relationship, (as you note: “One actor with the “authority” and agency to act upon the suffering, and the other engulfed in the feeling of powerlessness around it.”), in terms of who keeps the record and who makes report – ie who gets to be ‘author’ and who gets to be ‘subject’.
    It seems to me a decidedly dysfunctional and abusive system/paradigm that stamps a person with psychiatric diagnoses, that will erode their freedoms and agency, instead of being able to appreciate the humanity of their sensitivity and intolerance to the atrocious and insufferable.
    I will look forward to reading your book. Thank you again. Sarah in New Zealand