“Coercive control permeates our lives. Because many of us underestimate its prevalence, it is important to point out that those who advocate and use coercion for therapeutic purposes – sometimes called ‘aversive therapy’ – are acting well within established and accepted social norms and customs…To place practitioners of aversive therapy in the context of a society in which coercive control is an established policy, however, is to point out that as scientists, they are making no discoveries; as therapists, they are doing nothing that requires special training or competence. Heads of state, military leaders, law-enforcement officials, and prominent members of the educational establishment have long ago, by their example, taught us all we would ever need to know about how to control others coercively. Today’s aversive therapists, saying and doing what has always been said and done, are contributing nothing new. But in this instance, failing to contribute is wrong; it is wrong because their science has made it possible to do better.” (24) ~ [*] Murray Sidman, excerpt from his book Coercion and Its Fallout
There is no beginning nor end to what is real; there is nothing old and nothing new: there is only this moment, and this moment, and this moment and it’s time we give ourselves this moment to see what we are missing so we can expand and fill the missing pieces. This is psychology made real, this is real support, this is how we effect lasting change as we are removing insanity from its root – ourselves.