- strawberrycesspool said: I actually wanna know why, is it because tumblr has a big community of people will different mental illness and nerudevelopmental disorders? So you can hear from us first hand in a really boring everyday life sense?
Yes, that is why! Tumblr is chock-full of disabled and mentally ill people who have taken an active interest in their condition, established a community for those with that condition, worked to educate others, build a store of lasting knowledge for members of the community as well as allies, and fought to shatter demeaning perceptions of their conditions held by society and the academic establishment.
Psychology as an academic institution relies on a store of lengthy, relatively inaccessible, and difficult-to-execute studies performed mostly by neurotypical people, most of whom harbor at least some demeaning views of mental illness, and so it is very hard for mentally ill people’s perspectives and firsthand experiences to seep through or to be treated as anything more than non-scientific ‘anecdata’. I think we (psychologists) think we’re being objective and scientific when we do that, but all we’re doing is creating a feedback loop wherein only very specific prescribed ways of generating knowledge are acceptable, and where only big data and neurotypical experts are seen as reputable sources. Some of this is pure path dependence – the way things have always been done. But some of it comes out of real disrespect for and distrust of mentally ill and mentally disabled people.