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RE: Psychology Addict # 66 | Paedophilia. by lucylin

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· @lucylin ·
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Helloooooo!

I've been away for a while ( check my posts for updates - it's all _very_ peachy).

I hope you're well, (and the long suffering Mr D. of course).

Well, this IS a subject. Kudos for the courage to write about it.

I know I'm not _too_ contrarian as a rule, but if you would permit me to see this from a slightly different angle....

Firstly, your post was excellent, and informative. (and here's the 'but'...)

..For a healthy society to exist, morality and rules apply.
This obviously includes pedophilia as one of those societal boundaries that must never be crossed.

It's about predators, and power (sexual attraction being the vehicle).

I cannot help but think, after reading your post, the whole subject that you've brought up is a discussion that has to be had - but one from the moral/ethical standpoint.

_Understanding pedophilia_ is not necessarily the perspective that's most _valuable_ to society as a whole. ( you're seeing it from the psychological perspective and possible treatments?)

Trying to understand it, (and 'treat', if that's even possible- which I highly doubt), almost 'validates' the perpetrator of the worst crime in the entire world (In my opinion).

Predation on the most indefensible  in society, does not _need_ to be understood. It needs to be seen by society as _the ultimate taboo_ , the ultimate crime - and dealt with accordingly.

While i feel sympathy for any child that's been abused, (and I know quite a lot of individuals who have), it does not give any licence - nor deserves any leniency to becoming a predator.

If 'impulse control' is the issue, (thinking and acting are not the same thing) it only highlights the need to see it from a socially OSTRACIZED, and punished perspective, not of an 'understanding' one.
(Thinking about smashing someone over the head with a bottle are not the same as doing it, and freedom of thought hasn't been legislated against...)

The  lack of control over ones violent impulses have been forever looked down upon, and this area is no different in my opinion.
Understanding is _not_ the answer, unless treatment is the goal.  
With the exception of lobotomies and such ( arguably more radical and barbaric  than any prison or shunning from society ), I personally do not think that 'treatment' is valid.

Predators are gonna hunt. 
With pedophilia the _object_ of the predation is the very worst imaginable, and in my opinion, should be seen as such. 


I'm sure you see my view as simplistic and very 'black and white', but sometimes the simple view works - in this case it makes for a healthier whole organism. Society.


Just my two pennies worth.
(....my first full reply on steemit - for  2 or 3  months!)

Take care, you.
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@abigail-dantes ·
Hey @lucylin :D <3

How great to see you here. Thank you so much for taking the time to write your views on this topic. Black & white, maybe. Simplistic? No, not at all. Plus, you do understand me:

<blockquote>you're seeing it from the psychological perspective and possible treatments?</blockquote>

Absolutely! 

My hope was to enlighten the general public about this phenomena from a neuropsychological perspective. The phenomenon itself. Not the *offense* driven by it. 

You've raised so many points I could go into. However, I'm going to limit myself to the one ones I consider more striking. 

<blockquote>If 'impulse control' is the issue, (thinking and acting are not the same thing) it only highlights the need to see it from a socially OSTRACIZED, and punished perspective, not of an 'understanding' one.</blockquote>

Yep, impulsive behaviour is precisely the issue here. An impulse that strips those consumed by it from any sense of morality and empathy. It's awful! Ostracism and punishment as a solution? Well, this is already the case for offenders. Yet, the number of children being sexual assaulted is not going down. Or, is it? I don't know, research in this area is not only thin, but also encompasses a mix and match of peadophilic individuals + sexual offenders in general.

<blockquote>I personally do not think that 'treatment' is valid.</blockquote>

You're not mistaken here. The little material we have on this demonstrates that recidivism of this crime is frustratingly high :( Whereas it's because there lacks therapeutic treatment that focus on this specific disorder, or it's because the social isolation these individuals have to endure afterwards give them a sense of 'I have nothing to lose anymore' (most of them are even abandoned by their family members), we don't know.

It's such a tricky one! Gosh. 

Either way. As always, your views are very much appreciated :D

I have been away too. You know this time of the year is very busy for me.

So glad to hear things continue to be peachy for you. I'll sure visit your blog to have a look :) Everything is fine over here, including Mr. D. Thank you so much for asking! :)

All the best for you, Lucy, Sophie and the rest of the family.
<3
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