Knowledge is a tree, not a conclusion, and it has been a tree for all of time. Sometime, however, it verboten in the Bible with a didactic “tale” apparently by oligarchs telling the average religious person to view the tree of knowledge and its information as verboten. This is the beginning of the limits and control of information necessary for oligarchic dominance, as opposed to capital-type control which is more commodity-based --though information is now a commodity as “intellectual property.” (With “intellectual” being a strong word for the slurry capital pumps into the population.)

The most important extension of this type of information control currently exists as academia with its early revival of control as the dialectic and didactic by academy founders Socrates and Plato in ancient Athens, and recently by Hegel to fit current capital. Important is that these instructors specifically used sexual abuse to control, which survived to our time as, for instance, the Aboriginal residence schools openly, and covertly elsewhere.

Causality is a rational reduction of the complexity of life saying that “if something happens in relation to something else, that something else caused the first thing.” As a rational reduction, it is a “dumbing-down” of all the highly sophisticade life-system that affect us. Knowledge is naturally structured both in society and in our minds in tree structures, also called “complex data structures” Personally, I have never been “causal” (I believe) because I have been influenced by aboriginal knowledge organization, and also abstract art and music early on as a child with access to all of New York’s museums and libraries (access has since been restricted to children.)

If I something is unavoidably causal, I say “simple math” --this causes that, w/o making a bid deal about it.

Empiricism is the scientific method (and system) built from causality and is considered the only (measurement) science, even by scientist who should know better. It suffers from being highly-fractured, as it is built from independent causal conclusions that also tend to be ego-vehicles from empiricist scientists. Another widely-misused term is “objective” as a synomym for “cruel” such that normal human thinking, such as the recollection of experiences, is excluded from empiricist conclusions; only empiricist numbers are used, often as an output of highly-purposed statistical systems. Dependance on statistics is such that statistics now often produce hypothesis and theory, that is validated by the same statistical systems. Information from other sources such as experience and observation, no matter how detailed, cannot test well against conclusive information produced specifically to test well by statistical systems. This statistical reality is most true for current control of the mind (both human and animal) in cognitive-behavioral strategies of CBT. Interestingly, in CBT, the dialectic method as the socratic method is also key for (as they say) “thought control.”

Objectivism, such as Ayn Rand’s and (current-capital’s) Adam Smith’s objectivism simply “objectify’s” people to make then inanimate numbers rather than feeling people to allow for capital exploitation. As it happens, capital-supporting empiricism, as info-oligarchic, also leverages this, and fills its capital-supportive role by defining and maintaining it as its own from of exploitation, originally sexual abuse.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Challenges for GLBQ youth who are "coming out"

"Coming out" can be an exceedingly difficult process.  GLBQ youth are at high risk for "clinical disorders and maladaptive behaviors" (Orecchia, 2008, p. 66), and they face increased stress from the "coming out" process (Riley, 2010).  "Coming out" follows the social identity formation process for GLBTQ adolescents for which there is no "analogous development" (Riley, 2010, para. 5) process for heterosexual youth.  It is a dimensional process (Coleman, 1987) that occurs over a number of stages, and includes internal conflict and a sense of isolation (Orecchia, 2008):

  • A youth becomes aware of being "different,"
  • confusion occurs as he begins to feel same-sex attractions;
  • the youth assumes the new identity, and
  • commits to it as a "way of life."

"Coming out" is necessary to prevent isolation and loneliness that accompanies hiding one's identity (Orecchia, 2008).  By "coming out," youth risk verbal, physical, and sexual abuse because of their sexuality from the world at large, and, in many cases, rejection by their families.   GLBTQ youth "coming out" have higher rates of school failure, suffer higher substance abuse and arrest rates, are more likely to get STDs, mood disorders, and, most important, have higher suicide rates.  25% of homeless youth are GLITCH; only an approximate 5-10% of the population is GLBTQ.

The counselor of a GLBTQ client should remain neutral to the "coming out" process, and, when the client decides to go forward with it, should not hurry it.  The client's family should be included (Orecchia, 2008), as family reactions may go to fear, guilt, shock, anger, and denial (Riley, 2010).  Cultural and religious beliefs may have to be modified, and there are often embedded misconceptions of the causes of homosexuality that need to be dispelled (Orecchia, 2008).

Finally, the client needs to encouraged to empathically embrace the changes his family is going through.


Coleman, E. (1987). Assessment of sexual orientation. Journal of Homosexuality, 14(1/2), 9-24. Retrieved from Academic Search Premier database.

Orecchia, A (2008). Working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth: Role and function of the community counselor. Graduate Journal of Counseling Psychology, 1(1), 66‐77.

Riley, B. (2010). GLB Adolescent's “Coming out”. Journal of Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing, 23(1), 3-10. doi:10.1111/j.1744-6171.2009.00210.x.

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