Listen to Lux Aeterna, then Protectors of the Earth, while reading Sandman (any).
"No you fool!! You could fall!!"
WHY IS THIS THE MOST ADORABLE THING THAT I’VE EVER SEEN
omg i cant
This kitty is so concerned about their hand like “NOOOO HUMAN DON’T FALL AND DIE!”
Daily ration of cute.
If you’re going to get angry at reading a mental health worker’s perspective on this, then skip this. I don’t want to trigger anyone.
The reactions I have seen to this have made me a weird mix of angry, disappointed and irritated. Yeah, we can be tricked. Good job. You’ve managed to trick someone. We’re fucking people. We’re not mind readers. Being a mental health professional doesn’t mean we’re perfect. Where’s the criticism when doctors get sick? Where’s the criticism when dentists get cavities? But a mental health professional gets tricked and then suddenly scary quotation marks get put around “professional.” Sure, that seems fair.
We can’t possibly know everything about mental health. We can’t call everyone out on their manipulation (even if we see it happening). We can’t have experienced every aspect of mental health and that doesn’t make us any less qualified to be mental health professionals.
I understand that it is a trait of a lot of mental health issues to be protective, manipulative, tricky or whatever you want to call it. We know that. It is not a criticism of mental health professionals that we can’t possibly always pick up on it. Because, again, we’re humans.
If you go into a session planning to trick your mental health worker, you’re only hurting yourself. If you make a game out of tricking mental health workers, you’re only hurting yourself. If you “test” your mental health worker, you’re only hurting yourself. Actually, you’re hurting other people too because there are a lot of people out there who would love the chance to be sitting where you are and they’d make the most out of it.
If manipulation is a part of your mental illness, tell your mental health worker. You have the chance to work at it, don’t blow it. If you’re tricking your mental health working into believing that you’re not going to go home and hurt yourself, start being honest with them.
A mental health worker can only meet you half way. We can’t (and won’t) do the work for you. You know yourself better than your mental health worker ever will. Yes, there are a lot of shittastic mental health workers out there but playing games with them, again, only hurts yourself.
To everyone who jumped on board with this confession, what is it that you expect from mental health professionals? We’re not perfect, we never will be. Just because we’re not mind readers, doesn’t meant we’re not professionals. It doesn’t mean that we deserve scare quotes. Do you think we don’t know that we’re easy targets to be manipulated? We work with sick people, we know we get tricked. It doesn’t mean we’re bad at what we do.
I am a mental health professional. The fact that I can be tricked doesn’t change that.
I’m going to tell my psychologist that after our visits I use them as an excuse to ‘reward’ myself by self destructing some more, and undoing his otherwise good work. Thank you.