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The Dollhouse

As an autistic person, I often struggle to understand the origins of my feelings, in spite of the fact that they overwhelm me. Creating content like this helps me understand myself better. It helps me to reframe the narrative of my experience, contextualizing all within the landscape of family dysfunction, and the disconnect between my experience and my parents’ perception of me.

Basic Mental Health: Magical Thinking

Magical thinking is the belief that unrelated events affect each other, when there is no causal relationship between them. Superstitions, such as the following, are obvious examples; Don’t step on a crack, or you’ll break your mama’s back! Religious rituals are no different. As a young Christian, I believed that saying certain prayers or repeating certain scriptures would prevent bad things from happening to me and those I loved.

Regularly Scheduled Content

I’ve diverted my attention towards all things autistic with my recent diagnosis; however, between shoots for my myriad vlogs this week, I have been working on this new episode of Dissecting Dumb Shit about psychological defense mechanisms. Watch the video to learn how we use control to ward off feelings of helplessness.

DDS: OCD and Shame

When I was 12, my family was a battlefield. The three other members were embroiled in contentious arguments, while I played (or attempted to play) the role of peacemaker. Because I considered myself the family diplomat, I repressed anger and rage.

DDS: Projection

In today’s video, I continue discussing psychological defenses as explained by Joseph Burgo in his book, Why Do I Do That? I discuss several different ways that we use projection as a defense…against guilt, against disappointment, and as a defense of character.