Trump is not driving me insane.
Louis Hommel
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Your comment has stuck with me, and I’ve been pondering it. Thank you for taking the time to write it. I can understand that many may feel stressed as what they view of the breakdown of traditional, Christian values. You mentioned transgender rights specifically. This led me to the thought that not all suffering deserves equal validation. Let me explain.

Many people were very uncomfortable, angry, and stressed about desegregation, so much so that police had to escort black children into white schools. I ask you: do those white people have a right to their suffering? Is discomfort reason enough to oppress someone?

I argue that no, it is not. Just because we are uncomfortable with something doesn’t mean we have the right to consider it “wrong.” Those who were stressed by desegregation were uncomfortable because of false beliefs: that black people were more dangerous, more dirty, etc. These beliefs are not true. The belief that transgender people are somehow more dangerous, more dirty, more psychologically unhealthy is simply not true. It is not supported by evidence. Therefore, we should reject our discomfort. Transgender people are an oppressed group, whose mental health improves when we accept them, believe who they say they are, and support them.

Do I think I can only see conservative clients? Absolutely not. But there are some lines we draw as therapists, with regard to our values. For example, if someone told me they wanted gay conversion therapy, I would say, “I do not provide that. I do not believe it is helpful or based on fact.” The same is true for allowing oppression of minorities, or saying non-white, non-Christian people are more dangerous or morally inferior. These are simply not true beliefs.

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