Inner World Possession: The Secret Goal of Autist-Abuse “Therapy” (Perceptual Warfare 14)

Continuing from “Nihilistic Dream Worlds & Neurotypical Nightmares“:

The process of identifying with the abuser and adopting their characteristics and behaviors happens at both a micro and macro level, between both individuals and groups (take a look at Israel for an example of the latter). This little-remarked upon side effect may even be an unconscious motive of the abuser. If, for whatever reason, someone feels threatened by the existence of another person (as my brother felt threatened by me, the new arrival who undermined his uniqueness), one way to neutralize that threat is to force them “into line,” i.e., to strip them of their individuality, by abusing them.

I have already referenced the infamous Judge Roterberg center with its electro-shock treatment and the “packing” (wrapping autistics in frozen blankets) that occurs in France. But it’s not only such obviously brutal aversive treatments that come under the banner of medically sanctioned abuse. Holding therapy, for example, is a controversial method of treatment for autists and children suffering from attachment disorder.[1]  Although it has been banned in several US states and seems to have been largely discredited, it is apparently still being practiced mostly notably in the United Kingdom. A report by the British Association for Adoption & Fostering describes it as follows:

The child is held in a position that allows the parent to make direct eye contact while controlling the child’s attempts to protest, to struggle, and to escape. The technique anticipates and indeed facilitates confrontation so that problems can be resolved. As the child’s emotions are aroused, the child struggles to turn away. The mother expresses verbally her feelings – concerns, frustrations, hope, anger as well as affection and love – to the child. She uses her strength and tenacity to intensify contact and prevent withdrawal. The struggle becomes desperate for both, and then, if the mother perseveres throughout the child’s rejection, it dissolves into tender intimacy with intense eye contact, exploratory touching usually of the mother’s face, and gentle conversation highly gratifying to both mother and child.(Attachment Disorders, their Assessment and Intervention/Treatment)

I first heard about holding therapy, while researching this article, when I came upon the testimony of someone who had received it as treatment (full article here). Properly stated, they were a “victim of therapy.” The account is poorly punctuated with several spelling mistakes, but I have left it uncorrected except where meaning is lost. The emphasis is my own.

. . . one hand place on my chest held down [by] the therapist  and constant forced eye to eye [contact] if i looked way my head would have been pinned in the direction of the therapist and if i tried to say no another hand would firmly clasped over my mouth which would send me into a fit of rage  all this was also backed up with alot of shouting and swearing the therapist would say things like is this what your fucking birth mum did to you did she  and the hand would come of my mouth for a responce this seemed to go on for ages in the end i was so drained and broken and scared i just said yes in therapy i was constanly prevented from rubbing my eye if i had an itch prevented from stretching prevented from doing all nataural that [a] human being does to relive a discomfort and sureley that is taking away  a basic human right but at the end of each session broken  tired it was kind of drilled in that all this was ok and they always managed to manipulate you to feeling ok when you left the session. another time i was wrapped in a blankett  pind down and held so tight  all i could feel was fright so i responded again with agression looking back this is what they wanted break you down to comply. i also attented so called   intensive therapy where there would be 2 therapist again pinned down basicly given torrents of abuse poked proded until i reached agression again.  I was [a] liveley lad growing up always trying to push boundries but during my time at  ……………   turned into this agressive monster attacked so many staff bit them punched them hit  i had many bruises from this place and sometimes looked quite ill and run down i kept getting told they would help me but infact it was there methods that were turning me into somthing else . . . this therapy is not about helping children its about making a child love or attach through fear!

Of course the defense of all these medieval methods of treatment is that “they work.” While some parents are horrified when they discover what their children are being subjected to, others are grateful to see any kind of “improvements” at all and may be willing to disregard the cost. But even if we allow that such treatments can sometimes be effective, the question is: how are they getting their effects? The answer may be that abuse is an effective way of forcing someone to modify their behavior — it works because the victim of abuse surrenders their own sense of autonomy and submits to the greater will of their abuser. They allow their inner world to be possessed by their oppressor, i.e., to receive the psychic imprint from them, because psychically, that is the only way to survive the abuse.

It may not be possible to turn autists into neurotypicals — any more than it was possible for me to turn myself into Clint Eastwood[1] — but that doesn’t mean it’s not being tried. It may not be possible to turn autists into sociopathic killers by abusing them, either. But that doesn’t mean it’s not being tried. Lanza may not have been the Sandy Hook killer. He may not have been autistic. But two of the victims (Dylan Hockley, aged six, and Josephine Gay, aged seven) apparently were autistic, and this fact may provide a clue to the event and the unconscious (or conscious) design behind it. The persecution of autistic children, whether in the form of open hostility or more covertly expressed through “intervention,” reveals this mechanism clearly. Neurotypical parents, teachers, therapists, psychiatrists, government officials, et al., are trying to socialize autistic children and make them like they are. The effects of this sort of fear-driven intervention for the autist child may be similar to — or indistinguishable from — abuse. And abuse, as outlined above, is the best way to get a person to imitate their abuser. The problem is that this sort of “intervention” will cause the victim to imitate things that the interveners are not conscious of, and these are generally their very worst aspects.

[1] “Holding Therapy in the US generally has its foundations in Robert Zaslow’s rage-reduction therapy in the 60s and 70s and psychoanalytic theories of rage reduction. The therapy was frequently used in a number of clinics around the Evergreen area of Colorado after Foster Cline founded his first clinic there in the 70s and was, in its early stages, used as a treatment for autistic children. The practice was later used as a treatment for Reactive Attachment Disorder and, following the collapse of the Soviet Union, frequently used with Russian and other Eastern European children who often had been raised in orphanages and adopted by parents in the US. In the UK it seems that a key event in the introduction of Holding Therapy was a visit by the American psychologist Martha Welsh in the 80s. Welsh had written a book called Holding Time which advocates the use of HT on autistic children, she later adapted the treatment for children diagnosed with RAD. . . . My understanding is that a small number of clinics started using HT as a treatment for autism at this time but these gradually ceased to operate as the theory that autism was caused by attachment failures with the mother was discredited. . . . By far the largest, most systematic and sophisticated programme [sic] of Holding Therapy in the UK began in about 1996 and was started in the North of England by a foster carer and her social worker. The programme began as a non-profit making project but was soon reinvented into a private company. . . . There is a theme that runs through the recent history of HT in the UK like the letters in a stick of Brighton Rock. It is simply that the people responsible for ensuring the safety and well-being of these Looked After Children don’t seem to have asked any questions – they appear to have simply turned a blind eye. The inspectors responsible for its governance don’t even mention the words Holding Therapy or Attachment Therapy, the social workers don’t seem to even know, or say they don’t know, that this kind of therapy is taking place. [A]cademics such as Prior and Glaser presumed it was a nuturing [sic] form of HT that was being practised in the UK. It could always be glossed over in this way.”

[2] A year or less after I saw Dirty Harry, it was replaced as my number one movie by a very different film: Harold and Maude (also released in 1971). In retrospect, I was acknowledging a profound realization about myself. I wasn’t Harry — I was Harold!

3 thoughts on “Inner World Possession: The Secret Goal of Autist-Abuse “Therapy” (Perceptual Warfare 14)

  1. Thank you it’s not merely me that’s seeing this.

    There appear to be four goals in ‘autistic interventions’. They are, in increasing levels of truth:
    1) become ‘indistinguishable from one’s peers’. This is entirety a lie, for autists will always be ‘different’ enough that Normals will be able to readily discern their ‘lesser being’ status. (behavior can be faked; brain waves cannot)
    2) “Your defective nature cannot be overwritten – but we (your Normal owners) can cause you to no longer annoy us”. Essentially, this causes the damaged individual to become ‘scenery’ in the Normals’ ever-changing drama-cum-plans-for-world-conquest.
    3) “Your defective nature cannot be expunged – but we can make you self-destruct.”
    4) Creation of a willing victim. This last is lifted from a list purporting to describe psychopathic behaviors. While most Normals have trouble breaking into two digits on the PCL-R, the chief difference between a thirty-or-above diagnosable psychopath and most Normal people amounts to the factors: 1) consistency of predation; 2) intensity of predation; and 3) who is considered suitable prey.

    Your entry demonstrates conclusively that autist are commonly reckoned as valid prey by many, perhaps most Normals – and, if you’ve ever been around psychopaths – I was raised by these people – you know you’re a prime target when they become aware of your presence.

    But – the wider aspect regarding society as a whole: a ‘properly trained’ autist will have learned the following: 1) he/she is whatever his Normal owners wish him to be. He/she will have learned to ‘read’ their fickle Highnesses momentary and fleeting whims to perfection. 2) The autist will become a true empty shell – that he/she may more readily become whater his/her momentary owners desire, as is appropriate for a narcissistic extension. 3) The autist’s sole desire will be to please his owner, and will labor unto destruction so as to meet the merest whim of his/her master. 4) the well-trained autist will have no goals – no thought, no intellect, no desire, nothing save a void within. This is because his/her master supplies all value to such slaves, and their sole reason for existence is to make that same master look and feel as good as possible.

    The ultimate purpose of becoming a ‘willing victim’ is to be ‘societally codependent’ – to grovel before ones’ Normal masters, small-g gods who disdainfully use and abuse lesser beings as if they had the express right to do so. More, this exalted status is to be extended to ALL Normals – as ALL Normal people are Better than oneself. Finally, one is to die, unkissed and unmourned – at the hands of a Normal butcher – and as consciousness fades, one hears the maniacal laughter of one’s killer…

    Knowing full well that this was the sole correct means of dealing with one’s evil; and knowing with every fiber of one’s being that all of what transpired was entirely deserved.

    “Neurotypical is a state of being. It describes who one IS. Normal, however, is a state of mind. It describes what one thinks oneself to be: first among evils, with the whip-hand full-loaded and the corruption of absolute power corroding one’s vision.” (reference to the end of Animal Farm…)

  2. Correction to above (done on a different computer, one which listens to my fingers instead of printing what IT thinks to be appropriate instead of what I’m actually typing.)

    unkissed -> unmissed

    first among evils -> first among equals.

  3. Oh, and there is yet more:

    Orwell described this precise thing in the lattermost third of “1984” – where smith learns initially of parts of ‘oligarchical collectivism’ and then is broke by O’Brien for the latter’s express pleasure.

    “…we shall make you hollow, and then fill you with ourselves…”

    Shocking when you learn that much of what you’ve been saying has been said before, and in many of the same words. E.g. Orwell uses the word ‘worship’ (in reference to B.B.) as well as ‘god’ in the same context.

    Power does what power wills; and that is to increase its reach and potency -> “the purpose of power is power.”

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