What do you folks think about the TI movement? Do you think anyone who claims to be “targeted” is psychotic? Or, do you think that these claims are totally valid given the current society we live in?
Here is an article defending those that claim to be TI:
As you can see, the article is quite extensive and well-researched. Let me explain the issues I have with both sides of this debate.
I don’t think either side is based on rational thought, but to an extent, oversimplification of what constitutes “targeting.” It’s not that you are either a TI or not a TI. Nor is it valid to say that targeting doesn’t exist and is the product of psychosis.
Targeting isn’t something new. It happens on a micro-scale all the time. Let’s say a workplace hired a person like me, someone that didn’t turn out to be a blind follower, but a person with a mind of her own. Let’s say this worker found out about unethical practices of the company. Perhaps she discovered that men were being paid more than women. She has already mentioned this, questioned the practice, and even said something to a coworker. Word gets back to management. Management is unhappy because they think things are fine the way they are and they don’t want the female workers to advance to higher positions. Management believes only men make good leaders and that women are limited in their capacity.
Now, since word of this worker has reached the HR department and upper management, they take measures to fire the worker. This may involve interfering with her work to cause her to make mistakes on the job, giving her too much work to do, insulting her in various ways, even sexual harassment just to get rid of her. This may involve intense scrutiny of her work in attempt to find a valid-sounding reason to fire her. Other things might happen, totally illegal perhaps, such as vandalizing her belongings or her vehicle, anonymous bullying, altering of paperwork and falsifying records, withholding pay, and more.
This constitutes targeting, doesn’t it? And yet it’s an everyday occurrence that we are well aware of. Should the woman later complain to an outside authority, and then be called psychotic or exaggerating or simply told to drop the issue, we would see it as tragic indeed.
A couple of times I was approached by people who had been whisteblowers. Afterward, they were locked up in psych wards. Suddenly snapped? Could it be true? I listened carefully to these stories, listened to what happened prior to lockup, and realized these folks had been targeted. In these cases, none had actually “snapped” at all. They did not display signs of MI prior to lockup and their stories are coherent on this. In one instance the police arrived and took them away by ambulance without any explanation. In all instances, the consequences of lockup and drugging made these folks unravel or appear temporarily “unstable.” These claims of targeting (which they realized only in retrospect) are valid.
But should we believe all of these claims? Some I do not believe. I have tried but I can’t put two and two together because the pieces do not fit. Maybe I am not listening well enough, but as of now, I cannot.
Let’s say someone says they were mugged ten times in the past week. When I listen carefully, I note that every time the person misplaces his wallet, he assumes it was “stolen.” He still believes this even if he locates it again, say, in a different pocket. Then he’ll say the mugger moved the wallet, when in reality (as I figure) he simply forgot that he was the one who transferred the wallet to another pocket. This reflects irrational thinking, especially if the person is particularly tenacious in their beliefs.
Have you ever totally misplaced something of value and then, worried that it was stolen? You may have thought this temporarily, but then, thinking things through and replaying where you were when the object got lost, you likely realize it’s someplace at home. You may have accidentally left it at work. You may then realize no one stole it. Rather, your own absent-mindedness caused you to misplace it. If you left it in a public restroom, well, then, you may or may not ever see it again. After you realize what actually occurred, you aren’t going to believe you were pick-pocketed or mugged.
There is the difference. Losing your wallet isn’t “targeting,” and yet, a few might twist the events around in their memories. Most of us will retain rational thinking (and regret maybe) over the incident. I think the initial panic of “Oh my god, someone stole it!” is a product of shock over the object being missing, reflecting our worst fears. It is not paranoia by any means.
On the other hand, I don’t think anyone can truly get inside another’s head. We need to be careful when making conclusions. We need to retain an open mind. We need to ask ourselves if we’re hearing things wrong, or maybe ask if something else is going on entirely that we have yet to explore. This is why MI labels are harmful. They shut down listening and dismiss the person’s claims as a mental disease. This oversimplification of a person and categorization into a class of people isn’t helping the person. I think we, as a society, can do better.
Am I making sense here? You tell me.