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Re: thanks Christ_empowered

Posted by Dr. Bob on November 24, 2010, at 17:34:15

In reply to Re: please rephrase that, posted by Christ_empowered on November 23, 2010, at 19:26:41

> OK, I've kind of been at a loss here...I don't know how to re-phrase w/o making it sound like I don't think something that I do think, or w/o stating something I think to be so is something I feel to be the case, which I think is an important distinction.

Thanks for working on this with me. Rephrasing can be actually rephrasing, for example, expressing something as an I-statement instead of as a you-statement. Or it can be not stating something you think. I wouldn't ask anyone to state something they didn't think.

> Now, here's my problem: in trying to apply Dr. Szasz's idea of personal responsibility to my own life, I found it lacking.
>
> I haven't found myself able to live medication-free

That's saying it doesn't work for you, not that it doesn't work for anyone. That's an I-statement.

> I think there may be something to the idea of madness being if not a disease state then at least something undesirable that sometimes responds to treatment.

That's fine, too, that's saying what you believe, not that what someone else believes is wrong. Good work! Does this make more sense to you now?

Bob


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