Posted by pegasus on December 6, 2004, at 23:52:12
In reply to Am I foolin' myself by being here?, posted by 64bowtie on December 4, 2004, at 1:11:00
I'm jumping in a bit late here, but I wanted to agree with others that I'd hate to see you go. I haven't always agreed with your philosophy, but I think it's interesting to discuss. I think the plan you and Dinah have come up with is great. I wish you much luck and a long future at babble.
And . . . as usual, I just can't let a couple of things that you said go without comment. First, I disagree that if you overcame your difficulties, anyone can. Your particular problems might be entirely different than someone elses. Or their handicaps might be entirely different than yours. Things like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, OCD, severe depression and any number of other mental health issues are not possible to overcome by the methods you advocate, in my opinion. Saying that they are sounds to me like trivializing and invalidating the experience of those folks.
Also, I don't think that I would want a salesperson overcoming my resistance to a particular approach when it comes to my mental health. Sales people may be good at convincing people, but I don't think they always convince people in directions that are truly helpful. We've all been suckered by sales gimmicks or sales pitches into buying things that we don't really want or need when it comes down to it. IMO it's not helpful to use that approach to convince people to take a particular path in addressing their mental health.
So, I would suggest that you might want to rethink your sales person analogy a bit. Maybe that attitude is contributing to why your ideas are not always well taken.