A Ban on Healing the Mind

What everybody knows but is afraid to say: gender dysphoria is a psychological problem (if the link doesn’t work, it’s titled ”

Freedom to think: the need for thorough assessment and treatment of gender dysphoric children.”

But instead of treating the mind, we mutilate bodies.

The linked article is by somebody who is qualified to heal the mind. But healing is getting outlawed because it doesn’t help sell expensive surgeries and medication. Healing doesn’t help turn a patient – who is often just a kid – into a lifetime invalid who can be exploited endlessly.

6 thoughts on “A Ban on Healing the Mind”

  1. Unfortunately, the article doesn’t open. It’s probably protected. Don’t know whether it could work if you linked not to the article itself but to the contents of the journal containing links to all articles.

    Based on what I read, I am inclined to agree gender dysphoria is something that can be treated and, furthermore, is sometimes created – or at least encouraged – by peer pressure and ‘specialists’.

    However, what can a non-specialist answer if challenged to explain why being trans is (often) a sign of a diseased state of mind, but being gay – a normal one? How can we define the lines of normalcy in a defendable, clear, intellectually consistent fashion?

    Would love to hear what other commenters like cliff think too. It seems to be a principled question and a complex one.


    1. “what other commenters like cliff think too”

      I tend to understand things through looking at (and/or creating) taxonomies. M2F transexuals seem to come in three flavors…
      “homosexual transsexuals” (as referred to by Blanchard) extremely effeminate males attracted to more masculine males (Dana International from Israel comes to mind)
      “Autogynephiles” (as Blanchard called them) usually heterosexual and usually without surgical changes below the bellybutton… like Caitlyn Jenner.
      Weirdos – like the 50 year old guy who decided to dump his wife and children and begin life again as a 6 year old girl or Jessica Yaniv (the one who wants women to wax his balls).

      F2M gets less attention but one theory is that what some call ‘rapid onset transgenderism’ (in which groups of teen girls decide they’re transgender, seemingly out of nowhere) is similar to anorexia – a coping mechanism for young women desperate to avoid puberty and the burden of womanhood…

      There was also a video on youtube with a “detransitioned” man who said in his case it was an outgrowth of his autism – he’d somehow gotten the idea in his head that he’d be happier being female (despite knowing nothing of what being female is like). Once the idea was lodged in his head the only way to get rid of it was to transition…. and then he decided “no, that’s not it…”


      1. Thanks for answering, cliff.

        I heard about autism leading to mistaken diagnosis of being trans in children of both genders.


  2. It opens for me and seems balanced.

    The problem I have about the gender dysphoria craze is that it seems to presuppose believing in strict gender roles, and fairly old fashioned ones at that — or at least, this is what I perceive. When I was a child people were all into not forcing roles, boys didn’t have to wear blue or girls pink, everyone could play at whatever, the idea being that eventually you’d find out how you wanted to “do” femaleness or maleness. I’ve got a gender neutral name, pretty much, and I like it, like having people if they don’t see me, have to react just to what I say. I like having been able to compose a personality without having had pressure to take on psychological traits or not depending on the traditional gender role they fit.

    But this doesn’t cover the case of people who are biologically in between in some way, and it appears not to cover the phenomenon of gender dysphoria, which I think I don’t really understand either but do think is exacerbated by pressure to adhere to strict roles.

    I understand not feeling right. I’m post menopause and I’m on HRT because I just couldn’t recognize myself without those hormones, couldn’t relate, couldn’t get used to it. So I can see why other people might want to modify their chemistry for not quite the same, but perhaps related reasons.

    This is as far as I seem to be able to work these things out. Perhaps I am obtuse to think this has to do with peer pressure to some degree. I did also have a mild eating disorder when I was a teenager, and the desire for body modification was definitely a displacement of the desire to fit better into the family, or for family life to be easier, or to be more at ease with myself.


  3. P.S. There was the case of my student who thought she might be trans but then decided she was just gay — hadn’t thought that was OK so initially thought of it as something more complicated. She was glad she’d waited to grow up before deciding to do any type of body modification. I also know quite a few people who seem to want to be androgynous or mixed somehow, and feel more in tune with themselves doing that. And some who have actually transitioned, and are pleased with it. All of these people say they just feel “more like themselves” — as I do with HRT.
    So I guess I’m just worried about adults projecting their own issues into kids, encouraging radical action when maybe just letting the kid cross-dress, etc., and not worrying about it, letting them take the lead, would do it. And then again, maybe the kids know what they’re doing. I’d be concerned about a psychotherapy that tried to train people to a “correct” role. From dealing with inexpert therapy I’m also concerned about therapists insisting on the wrong underlying problem.

    I went away to college when I was 17. When I got there one of the first things I did was go to the counseling center saying I was vaguely anorexic and while not starving myself enough to create health problems, I was massively stressed over it and wanted to get over it, as I needed my mental and emotional energy for other things, was out of the atmosphere that had created the problem, and was thus now in a position to move on from these habits of mind. Yet I was afraid to gain the 5-10 pounds I should, because what if it became 20 or 30, how would I stop the weight gain once I let it start? The therapist said, “This is a problem of not accepting your gender identity,” and I was mad because I knew this was not the right line of inquiry, and if followed, would be a distraction from whatever the real issue was, which was something about the family and my parents. What I did was decide not to return, but go home and make a huge sandwich and eat it. I gained weight and found that in fact, after gaining 10 pounds or so I didn’t gain more; I learned that I have a weight that it’s hard to budge either up or down from. It’s 10 pounds over the insurance chart weights of the time, which is how a school nurse convinced me I needed to slim down in the first place, but it’s my weight. I worried about that, despite weighing it, for another 10 years until I decided that worrying about it was stalling my psychological development and I would have to banish worry, so I did.

    I still had not reached the underlying problem, that took longer. I wish that therapist had been willing to help look for it, as I was ready back then. But I’m glad I didn’t let her drive me onto the gender identity problem train.


  4. JKR tweeted this article too! And a few others:


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