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  •  I understand your feelings. (3+ / 0-)
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    However, I was a bit put off by her "apology" statement, which wasn't all that "rambling" to me.

    In fact, it was rather cunning, a slippery spin on what she said and why she said it. Kind of hard to believe she's totally out of it, yet able to issue a pretty standard non apology that works very hard to make her the victim---and to tell people they didn't hear what they clearly heard.

    I have a very dear friend who has been a therapist for decades, and a very good one. Her position is that with the exception of a very thin minority of cases, people with mental disorders must take responsibility for their actions, and are capable of doing so.

    She disallows any rudeness, incivility, or uncalled for outbursts in her sessions. She simply dismisses her patients at this point and essentially says, come back when you can behave yourself. And much of the time, they do just that, and pay attention to her rules.

    Her position is that the courts have a term "criminally insane"
    for a reason, and also that those same courts rarely accept that as a defense for criminal behavior, because in fact, most people with mental disorders DO understand the difference between right and wrong despite their issues.  She feels people with mental disorders need the support of those who believe they are "well enough" to do better. And she has an impressive record of patients who have done quite well with that expectation.

    I don't know what up with Michelle, but she was well enough to book herself a national tour. Well enough to show up and perform her first set without ANY sign of mental illness.  Then came the second act, and presto!, an anti gay tirade. She was then well enough to issue an "apology" that twisted things to suit her needs.

    I hope she gets help, and not from the religious fundamentalists she has hooked herself up with. Her life can go on, and she can get better. But there's no easy out and it won't get any easier if folks disable her from taking responsibility for her actions.      

     

    "A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues." Theodore Roosevelt.

    by StellaRay on Sat Mar 23, 2013 at 10:02:33 PM PDT

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    •  She sounds (1+ / 0-)
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      Like a terrible therapist.  

      “I wore black because ... it's still my symbol of rebellion -- against a stagnant status quo, against our hypocritical houses of God, against people whose minds are closed to others' ideas.” -- Johnny Cash

      by RocketJSquirrel on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 03:23:36 AM PDT

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      •   I figured someone would (0+ / 0-)

        pipe up with that. If you're looking for a therapist who will treat you like a victim, who will assume you're stuck with being fucked up, and incapable of better more productive behavior, she's not your gal.

        She is however, one of the most warm and empathetic people I've ever known. I think her patients feel that too. She's certainly had a long and very successful career.

        "A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues." Theodore Roosevelt.

        by StellaRay on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 09:46:43 AM PDT

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