I am going to treat this article as a sort of run-up. A flexing of critical muscles briefly, before taking yet another tilt at the ramshackle, pretentious, ultimately very dangerous edifice that is the pseudo-science of therapy – espesh when it is used to contain a very vulnerable other set of people: trans men and trans women.
In part, I was set back on this track by a post from a friend. In part because some of the less fastidious papers, when it comes to matters of fact-checking and accuracy – have been in a lather lately defending so-called “scientists” from the depredations of us marauding trannies. This is going to be more than one article.
Warning: Therapy can damage your health. A lot.
I am going to start with a fact – which is the sort of thing remarkably absent from many therapeutic discourses – that emerged from a conference by British Psychologists a few years back. The outcomes from therapy across a range of disorders were no better than the outcomes from no therapy at all.
That’s bad. It implies a lot of wasted money. Worse, though the researchers had identified that for some conditions, therapy was MORE likely to result in suicide or attempted suicide than non-therapy.
The response from therapists? Why: therapy is very individual and it can help in some cases. Yep. Much like cannabis. Or a placebo. Or garlic.
Autotheophilia: an all-too-common disorder
What they absolutely failed to acknowledge – and this is what chilled me to the bone – was the finding about suicide. Because for me, as a human being, if someone had demonstrated that statistically, someone was more likely to die if I continued doing what I was doing, I would be mortified. I would stop. Instantly. And not go back to what I was doing without having understood a little better what was going on.
But no. Either because they didn’t care, or were so arrogant that they felt they knew better than available scientific evidence, these therapists blithely stumbled on. Autotheophilia was my diagnosis – a condition in which an individual, often a professional white male, likes to think of himself as God.
The reparative urge
That has enormous resonance when placed beside the mail from my correspondent, who reminds me that despite a setback last year, when the Royal College of Psychiatry abandoned a session ABOUT trans issues without any real involvement by trans experts or the trans community, Dr Az Hakeem, who was set to be one of their main speakers, is still out there proposing stuff that looks suspiciously like “reparative therapy”.
Here’s the abstract from an article in a recent “Advances in psychiatric treatment” published by the Royal College of Psychiatry, by the good Doctor himself:
“This article describes a special adaptation of group psychotherapy as a psychological treatment for people with a variety of gender identity disorders. It can be used as an alternative to or concurrently with hormonal and/or surgical interventions for transgender people.
“It is also suitable for individuals whose gender identity disorder remains after physical interventions. The article draws from a UK specialist pilot for such a treatment service and describes the explicit aims of the psychotherapy, the specialist adaptation of therapeutic technique required and observed thematic features relevant to working in this specific field”.
Hmmm. It is impossible to tell more from just this. However, according to my contributor, Estella Welldon both started this group and can be found writing in a book, “Tranvestism, transsexualism in the psychoanalytic dimension”.
In one chapter, she states that they started with the assumption that the “gender dysphoria” was a condition, a problem to be understood and solved, before going on to assert that transitioners in their late forties are at times motivated by a midlife crisis in which a more youthful and attractive image is pursued.
At other times unconscious psychotic mechanisms are at stake…”all requests for body “mutilations” may be the tip of the iceberg for very disturbing conditions at which a severe self destructive aim is at the core”.
The psychotic reality
Good stuff. Of course, we now know that current thinking (pace WPATH 7) is to regard all this reparative twaddle as…well, not just twaddle, but unethical twaddle to boot. But there is a dark side – and that is the extremely negative outcomes that we know can be associated with failure to take GID seriously.
Anti-social behaviour. Self-harm. Suicide.
No matter. What we are dealing with here is a delusional framework, on the part of a particular group of therapists. It’s a framework which begins with a view of how the world works – with little more to support it than highly selected confirmatory evidence.
If it were merely a delusion to the effect that the moon is made of green cheese, it would probably not matter. Unfortunately, as I will argue later, these delusional creatures have immense power over other peoples’ lives – often with disastrous consequences.
Their lack of empathy – their refusal to acknowledge any reality outside of their own narrow unproven world view – has about it all the hallmarks of psychotic behaviour, with consequences every bit as serious for their victims, as had they fallen foul of some knife-wielding thug in the street.