Aurora Levins Morales 
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Re: “When the Mind Splits

Thank you for this excellent article. In response to the previous comment, naming and understanding DID is extremely relevant for those of us living with it, and the battle over the meaning and impact of trauma is a huge factor in how we address all kinds of abuse. Looking at the reality of how trauma impacts people, accepting that people reporting childhood abuse and its effects are telling the truth, forces society to face up to how prevalent it is, and some people really don't want to do that. Insisting that both trauma and reports of it are actually fantasy is a classic strategy for suppressing uncomfortable truths. It makes naming trauma the problem, not the trauma itself.

The fight over diagnoses is a fight over whether or not we will face up to how much abuse our society tolerates, and everyone impacted by it can talk meaningfully. Activism on the part of trauma survivors has often driven changes in how psychologists have classified its effects--see Judith Herman's Trauma and Recovery for some of that history.

In line with that, I personally don't find classifying DID as a disorder or mental "illness" very useful. (Actually, considering how organized DID systems are, calling it a disorder strikes some of us as funny.) I prefer Canadian psychologist Alison Miller's term, "mental injury." But DID is also a brilliant survival strategy in the face of unbearable pain.

Thanks especially to Elyse and the rest of the Hydracorn System for speaking out. WE appreciate it.

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Posted by Aurora Levins Morales on 10/30/2014 at 9:11 AM

Re: “AC Transit Drivers' Sickout Continues

I had a driver yesterday who was asking me what the route was, saying he'd been put on to drive without training or even instructions. California is the only oil producing state that doesn't tax oil companies. A 1% increase in taxes on billionaires (California has more than any other state) and an oil production tax, would pay for the services being cut. This state's economy crashed when Enron ran off with our money, not because of social programs and public transportation. The drivers are doing what they have to, and I support them 100% even if it makes it hard to get around. Management tries to make it sound like the drivers are irresponsible for not agreeing to a bad contract and unsafe working conditions. We should demand that the super-rich pay more taxes, before California really does fall into the sea.

Posted by alm54 on 07/20/2010 at 7:22 PM

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