On Radical Acceptance (& Not Fixing Your Kid)

Such a lot to know.

Star In Her Eye

There’s a small town in Belgium named Geel (pronounced hale with a throaty, Germanic H). By 1930, a quarter of its residents were mentally ill. If you know about Geel, you know this was not because something lurked in the water or food supply. It was because for 700 years families in Geel accepted mentally ill patients, or “boarders,” to live with them in their own homes. The town got a nickname: “Paradise for the Insane.”

I’ve never been to Geel, but I recently heard about it on NPR’s Invisibilia podcast. In the episode, reporter Lulu Miller interviews Ellen Baxter, a researcher who earned a grant to live in Geel for a year. Prior to this trip, Baxter had faked her way into a mental institution, wanting to find out about the therapeutic practices used. She saw virtually none. What she did see: people watching television, looking out the…

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5 thoughts on “On Radical Acceptance (& Not Fixing Your Kid)

  1. Elisabeth says:

    I am a therapist and have seen a lot and learnt a lot…not from my many degrees but from my clients. We are all just people….
    See the soul, see the beauty…
    That is why I am so skeptical about the “disease model” and diagnosing for no specific reason.
    Love that you posted this!

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  2. Wow. I remember the exact time that my sister gave up being a psych. RN. It was after she arranged for my mother to be admitted to the famous Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia. The best care she knew. When she witnessed how she was treated, she left her profession. (became an Innkeeper), never turned back. We can/should do better. One should fly “over the cuckoo’s nest”. This is a brilliant post, Linda. Thanks for sharing it. 💕


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