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Built-in Stressors We May Easily Miss

Bias toward individualism

Value Relating challenges the Western myth of rugged individualism, which we see as overemphasizing individual change. We appreciate individualism, but in balance with social harmony.

Expecting individuals to always adjust to the imperfections in society does not reflect well on our wellness options. We challenge this stigmatizing notion in traditional therapy.

Why is it always the individual's fault for adjusting poorly to societal stressors beyond their control? While the individual is ultimately responsible for their own reactions, we respect how the available options are not the same for us all.

We do not all have equal access to necesary resources for wellness outcomes. It can be easy to presume others with poor health simply are not taking advantage of all the availalble resources. How dare we presume others enjoy the same supports as we do?

Bias toward the law

Perhaps we believe the law ensures equal access to all\, But even the law does not yet protect everyone. And often the "law" itself presents as a significant stressor.

What does it say about our collective wellness if we are complicit with the stressors contributing to a powerless individual's adjustment disorder? Wherever necessary we take a stance against these unaccounted stressors, even if that stressor is the official law.

Even the law must give value. Even the law must respect the collective and individual needs of the people.

Or trigger good cause for civil disobedience to give account for the wellness needs it fails to honor. While we agree no one is above the law, we assert no law is above need.

Value Relating exists to fill the gap where the law may fail, with anticipation of improving the law. Because the law exists for our needs. Or it is no law at all.

Wellness first.

Steph is a self-described transspirit, which is a kind of sacred misfit. By transcending conventional limits—gender norms, religious identities, political polarities, and more—Steph experiences a unique connection in life. And suspects others do as well. This blog shares that spirituality, and affirms others of a similar state of being.

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