Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Hadn't thought of it as 'therapy culture' before,

but the question is a good one.
I think Rodger's reported reliance on therapists from childhood through to adulthood deserves more analysis than it has so far received, because it potentially speaks to a dark side—a very dark side—of the modern therapy culture. There has been a mad dash to blame Rodger's actions on the misogynistic websites that he was known to visit, with some claiming these sites warped his mind and made him murderous. There has been far less focus on the therapy culture which by all accounts, and according to his family and friends, was a far more longstanding part of his life than his Internet habits.

In other news, I will shortly be going to rent a floor sander and buy the abrasives and a really good brush.  Hopefully I can make use of all of them without injury.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

One of my sisters has always been a little 'tightly wound'.

She had seen a therapist who had convinced her that my father had sexually abused her. Luckily she didn't go to that therapist for long.

In a similar vein, after a week of baling hay the old school way - manhandling each and every bale on and off the wagon - the sharp cut ends of the hay can tear you up a bit. Later that week I stepped on a rusty nail and had to go to the emergency room. A doctor pulled my mother aside and told her that if my father was abusing me the hospital was there to help. I dunno what they thought he was beating me with...porcupine maybe? Anyway I didn't find that out for a long while later, but I always wondered why my normally very easy going mom looked like she was ready to chew coal and spit diamonds.