The Insidious Ableism of the Therapeutic Industrial Complex

Therapists demonize neediness and dependence.  Somehow we are all supposed to live in a world where we can live a self contained hyperindividualistic existence.  Unfortunately economic reality dictates that many of us can’t and certainly most of us with disabilities can’t.  What we can’t help being is what we’re not supposed to be.  If that isn’t ableism I don’t know what is.  It’s even worse than religion.  At least with religion if you submit to their tenants and perform their rituals they usually treat you as someone you’re supposed to be.

And why is dependence a bad thing?  Calling someone dependent on others is almost a slur.  If the capability to be autonomous wasn’t out of reach for a large portion of our generation then maybe you could make the case for it.  But it’s not.  It’s just another way to kick us while we’re already down.  That’s what our culture is good at, kicking us when we’re down.  Those on top are loved and lifted up.  Everyone else can go die in a fire.