Jun. 9th, 2005

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I was mostly unimpressed with "Being Pamela" - it was all about trauma and i didn't like the aproach of her care team at all they seemed to want her not to have any feelings and to squash the other system people.
But it had some good(ish) points - it was intresting to see a system with learnig disablites because all to often we get told multplicity is the result of an over-active imagination in highly intelligent people or are created through therapy (it seemmed like Pamela etc. hardly had any therapy before her mutliplicty was noticed). The nature of their disabilites seemed to mean that a lot of comincation that would happen internally with us was external for them which prolly made for better tv (although if veiwers weren't used to people with learning disabilites that prolly added to the freakshow aspect which is not good).
And i did understand their carers wanting to keep kids inside while they were in a potentially unsafe public space (the airport) - but that's not a good reason to keep them inside at home.
I liked the thrapist recognising that dissostation is a sensible response to trauma, especailly when you are very young or otherwise powerless to fight or flee (obviously that only applies to systems who do dissosate but as we do it's nice to see it protayed as a sane thing - which can get out of control - rather than as something bizzare).

While we disagred with a lot that Pamela's care team did and said it's unfortuantly true that they prolly did still provide the system with better care than they would get in an institution where they would most likley be sedated 24/7.

In terms of explining non-disorderd mulitplicty (especailly in systems that haven't been shaped by trauma, let alone not being created by trauma) the documentary was spectuaculary unhelpful

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