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Can We Really Ban Thought Policing?

I’ve seen the word thought-policing used (here, for instance) to describe a form of abuse in which one person tries to control the inside of someone else’s head. The abuser wants to know what the other thinks and feels and gets angry when they think or feel the wrong things. This is described unambiguously as […]

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“Stop Crying!”: On Having Emotions

I had a generally good babysitter who nonetheless, to my indignation, had a temper.  She once was mad at me (it had to do with clothes? I think I was five) and yelled at me. I burst into tears.  She got even madder at me for crying and told me to stop. Watching parents at […]