Date: Saturday, July 18th, 2015 08:49 pm (UTC)
vladdraculea: Rainbow Autistic Pride lemniscate over the black, grey, white, and purple stripes of the Asexuality Pride flag (Default)
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That thing about not stripping people of their delusions is something that comes from psychoanalysis, which isn't a scientifically validated method for helping people with psychological problems. More recent schools of psychotherapy — ones with better scientific basis — generally lead the patient to discover their delusions on their own. Therapists using methods like cognitive, dialectical, or acceptance and commitment therapies simply teach patients how to identify distorted thinking in a general sense, then give patients homework where the patient learns to identify the distortions in their thinking on their own. The therapist in these treatment modalities doesn't decide for the patient when or whether the patient is ready: it's not up to the therapist.

Likewise, in Buddhism, “no one strips anyone of their delusions”. Teachers just teach about Buddhist philosophy and help people with their meditation practice (like in my case, helped me figure out better physical positions to meditate in so my legs don't go to sleep, or other things to focus on than my breathing, since I have lung issues). Teachers don't tell students individually what delusions they may or may not possess. I'm pretty sure that's up to the student to figure out for themself.

Anyway, I was talking about an organization's delusion-inducing behavior. People reading my blog post are free to discover for themselves what delusions they may or may not possess about autism and Autistics. So your comment is really about another topic: this is a blog post, not a one-on-one conversation between me and a prospective donor to Autism Speaks. I'm just providing general information. It's up to the reader to draw their own conclusions. Also, as stated a couple of times in my post, I'm not a Zen teacher in any way. I'm just a student.
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