by Andrea Elizabeth
On Dr. Jordan B. Peterson’s Facebook page he quoted the part of the conversation that I didn’t directly address in my last post on the convo. “Did you know that about 20 years ago the American Psychological Association published a paper showing that most people who were sexually abused as children recovered with very little psychological damage? This is an unsayable truth.”
1. who’s to say how many “most people” are, or what kind of sampling they did. Some people in the comments blamed the opinion on the infamous Kinsey Report from the ’50’s that pretty much lead to the ‘everybody’s doing it so join ’em’ immorality of the following decades. On further thought, I’m wondering if this colors JP’s topic of the depravity everyone is capable of. I don’t think he’s off balance on that yet, but if he says, how depraved everyone actually is then I think he would teeter wrongly. See how he reacts to Dennis Prager calling him good for more on that.
2. I’m not confident they can accurately measure how a person’s life was changed. That which does not kill you can make you stronger, but sometimes the strength is hideous. And how many people has it killed through leading them into temptation, low self-esteem, drugs, alcohol, dysfunction, and/or to be repeat offenders?
3. What I’m most disappointed about is that Peterson wasn’t more detailed in his description. He’s famous for how people with the 5 personality types react differently, so I would expect him to analyze how each responds to sexual abuse. Perhaps an open person has more energy to at least appear to move on, but a conscientious person may be more thrown helplessly out of wack. I bet he would criticize fundamentalists for feeling absolutely ruined. (He does criticize overprotected people for developing PTSD after combat in the Prager convo.) I’ve actually never heard him address virginity. He talks about overbearing mothers a lot, and I think he’s mentioned Mary somewhat as a good example, but not her virginity. Still, what Elizabeth Smart said sticks with me about why she didn’t try harder to get out of her kidnappers’ hands. I remember her saying she felt ruined and sullied and therefore stuck with her fate. As an adult she tries to help other victims not feel like dirty trash. A character in Shetland gets raped and I think they get the aftereffects about right. A year later she says that it’s important for her to not be affected, so that now she has to step outside herself and monitor if she’s acting normal or not. She says it’s exhausting.