|>> || |
You basically repeated my post in more words. Yes, making someone king would inconvenience more people. That was an absurd proposition meant to illustrate the absurd point that you seem to take seriously, that just because someone says they're convinced they're something, then we fulfill their pretense, as long as it doesn't inconvenience anyone other than themselves.
This is a way of dealing with mental illness that completely ignores cases in which the symptoms have apparently nothing to do with the root cause. Maybe the person believing to be another gender is just uneasy with themselves due to some kind of trauma, and they blame it on their genitals to escape from the trauma, because that's what you do when you have trauma, you point the finger at anything but the truth. If you were able to easily face it, it wouldn't be trauma. Hell, some people would cut their dick off if it meant not having to face it, you get what I mean? And who knows, maybe it works, maybe by becoming transgender and pumping yourself full of hormones forever you have such a radical life experience that you've created a permanent chemically induced buffer to trauma.. But what if you don't? What if one day the root of the unease you had disappears because of some experience and all you're left with is a permanent solution to a problem you thought was permanent but wasn't?
Weren't psychology and psychiatry meant to free yourselves from your past, to give you the means to transcend yourself, rather than making you shut up about your problems?
>It's like saying 'all mechanics want to do is do whatever fixes the car fastest and gets the customer out the door' well, what would you expect?:
Say that a customer goes to the mechanic not because the car isn't working but because there's a flashing red light and they don't know what it's for. I don't know about cars, so let's say it's a sign pointing not to a drastic problem, but to something that will eventually get worse, in a couple months, if you keep ignoring it. The mechanic knows it, the customer knows nothing. In such a situation, the mechanic could easily spout some nonsense to the customer, but repair nothing except the warning red light, so that it doesn't flash anymore. For the customer, problem solved, for the mechanic, they billed for a fix while they actually only shut off a warning sign. And in a couple months, when the real problem presents itself again, the mechanic, if faced with an accusation, can just blame it on something else - it's not like the customer would know any better, anyway. Of course where the analogy breaks down is that this kind of trickery is much easier to discover in the world of cars, because all that you're talking about is visible and tangible..
This is my doubt. Are we fixing these people's problems, or are we just shutting off their flashing lights? And in such a drastic way that if they came back and said it didn't work, they'd lose all credibility. Imagine owning to a fuckup that big, and the repercussions to your reputation (the patient's I mean). At that point "the problem was, I was the wrong gender" remains the true story whether it's real or not. Who would trust you again after that? On that subject, you shut their flashing lights off forever through the means of feared social stigma. I don't think that's what a psychiatrist would mean to happen..