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Plural Movement: Criticism of the Mental Health Industry

The science of psychology has been deeply flawed1 and unfortunately psychology continues to build a knowledge-base that builds on and fails to question very flawed fundamental ideas2. It's also a very young science. As the industry still tries to shed its shaky start, and given the lack of evidence or science in the theories that the founding fathers of psychology put forth, psychology has unfortunately failed to rectify some of its own deep prejudices and the lack of founding structure to become of the science it hopes to become.

Hopefully you'll be able to keep an open mind, and perhaps even occasionally nod in agreement at this collection of radical advocacy documentation regarding observations of folks with DID about the mental health "helping" industry we (sometimes) choose to deal with, and how it treats us. There may be many uncomfortable truths if you choose to read these, so please prepare yourself.

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1 Lack of ethics in early experiments, lack of cause vs. effect in much of psychology's "evidence" base, Freud, Jung & their contemporaries' theories were just observations not much better than philosophical or introspection that became the initial structure of the science of psychology, the mistreatment of people with mental illness in institutions and rampant disempowerment and coercion in therapeutic settings.

2 In terms of DID alone, it is presumed (not proven) that being singular is preferable to being plural in the first place. We question this idea and note how the body of treatment ideology is based on this singular bias. These treatment ideologies are not compared in longitudinal studies versus controls or other potential treatment methods such as aiming for "functional multiplicity." So all evidence-based therapy in the treatment of DID is based on singular bias that forced unification is preferable. Now most research funding is in the biology and neurology of disorders, so we will likely not see research time or money put into whether attempting to achieve singularity or leaning into and improving plural functioning are preferable for plurals. This is hardly following the "scientific" method, nor is it "evidence-based therapy." That's not on us; that's on the industry.