Friday, October 7, 2022

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  • All else equal, my experience with peers has been, if anything, worse than that with therapists. I can start with my teenage years when I was going through a “hippie” phase and talked about the importance of love and loving relationships, to which my “friends” responded, “You’re not a real man. That’s sissy talk. You’re going to be so ashamed of this when you’re older.”

    Or the fact that I would share something private with them, and when things turned sour later, suddenly, the whole village knew about it.

    Or the fact that I would then try to behave in more decisive, masculine ways, as opposed to how I behaved previously, but for some reason, that then meant I was “arrogant” and “think I know everything.”

    Maybe I have just have terribly bad luck with friends so far. Or maybe humans just suck overall. I don’t know.

  • More than anything, this highlights the subjective nature of mental illness. If I actually believed the hyper-exaggerated climate catastrophizing, if I ignored that, economically, the world was never better off than it is now and, instead, took seriously the ideas that, on the one hand, I’m a “loser” if I don’t make X amount of money and, on the other, that I’m being exploited by evil capitalists, I’d be going insane too.

  • At least some of those – not all – critical to mainstream psychiatry need to learn how to play the politics game. For a movement to be successful, it needs both truthtellers as well as “Machiavellians”.

    Robert Greene’s Laws of Power:

    – Win Through Your Actions, Never Through Argument

    Any triumph you gain through argument will be short lived. Resentment will fester in your opponents instead of a genuine change of opinion.

    – Think as You Like, but Behave Like Others

    By consistently going against the grain in public, people will begin to resent you for making them feel inferior. Practice blending in and hiding your true feelings to nurture the common touch. By doing so, you will be left alone to express your true beliefs in a targeted manner. Once a base of power is established, you can then begin to disseminate your beliefs gradually, and they are more likely to be adopted.

    – When Asking for Help, Appeal to the Self-interests of Others, Never to Their Mercy or Gratitude

    If you must ask for help, make sure your request includes a benefit for your ally that you can exaggerate beyond proportion. When your ally sees that there is something in it for them, they are more likely to respond with enthusiasm. Self-interest is the greatest motivator for people. Once you master the art of working out what others want and using it to further your own plans, there will be no limits on what you can accomplish.

    – Stir Up Waters to Catch Fish

    If you can stay calm while infuriating your opponents, you can gain an advantage. By finding their weaknesses, you can disturb them and play with them at will. The more angry they become, the more ridiculous they will appear. This will reduce their power.

    – Preach the Need for Change, but Never Reform Too Much at Once

    If you have recently entered a position of power or are an outsider trying to make a claim for it, respect the way people have been living up until this point. Too much change will engender a revolt. To introduce change, make it seem like a gradual and gentle improvement on the past.

    – Use Selective Honesty and Generosity to Disarm Your Victim

    A single honest gesture can help cover the traces of dozens of dishonest acts. By being generous, you can disarm even the most suspicious people. Once they are disarmed, you can manipulate them at will.

  • Yes, the choice model is still pretty much the best overarching approach. It can contain aspects of other ones as well, such as the self-medicating one.

    But one way or another, the fact is that the majority of recreational drug users don’t even meet the criteria of addiction, or the DSM5’s ‘substance use disorder.’ So when these people are “diagnosed” by society as having a problem, that can be an issue in and of itself.

    Dr. Carl Hart, Columbia Uni neuroscientist, is a great source regarding this:

    He’s got a book coming out in January, Drug Use for Grown-Ups: Chasing Liberty in the Land of Fear: