Ask A Genius 349 – Lines of Love Drawn in Trauma and the Colour of Trust
February 8, 2018
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Scott Douglas Jacobsen: I want to reflect more on the bad educational experiences for gifted kids, of the social experiences, which can leave such an impact on the psyche. Kids are in some ways almost crippled for social life, if not for a significant period.
Rick Rosner: All the bullying that I’ve read into was for the most part run of the mill. It was run by the white guys of the 60s and 70s. That served to eventually make me tougher and more determined to succeed socially.
What you read about are a kid goes out for a sports team, and a brave kid, it’s not anything to do with the sport, or maybe it is; once you read the case reports, everyone starts hazing the kid. It’s so brutal that it can include sexual assault.
I assume that would be hard with the violation of trust, which would be so severe. It would be Love Line. People would call into Carola and Dr. Drew. It was a show for people to call in and ask questions about romance, sex, maybe relationships.
Often, they would get calls of women with baby voices.
Scott Douglas Jacobsen: Was that a real thing?
Rick Rosner: Yeah! Carola tried to guess when someone had an unwanted sexual boundary violation, assault, based on the apparent age of the caller’s voice. So, Carola tried to guess at which age of the caller was molested because it was his theory that your personality would freeze at that age.
However, Carola is not a theorist; he’s the guy who makes jokes on the radio. But often his guess was good. Often, the caller would identify with him that something happens to the caller’s life at a young age, but it’s hard to draw conclusions from that.
Maybe, most people – unfortunately, given the culture – live in suffering based on some unwanted stuff. Early on, I don’t think it was everybody; something so severe in its violation of trust or boundaries could freeze you up for a while.
Which if you’re looking for tips on how to avoid that, one thing is to know what are the boundaries that exist and what they are. If I was lucky, I was knowledgeable about directing experience I read widely, so I knew a lot of things kids should not know, or figured out a lot of stuff.
So, a lot of people in my era were super naïve. I was naïve about some stuff, but not about other things. And when I was nine or ten, a friend of mined asked if I wanted to touch wieners. I would say, “No, that’s not something I wanted to do.”
Because I was innocent, the guy was curious. So, I knew stuff, but I didn’t have that curiosity. And I saved myself from an innocence, though I wanted potential early instances of that type of play. Others, I didn’t want to get engaged in. And we have the Internet now; and we also have an awareness of the better and worse behaviour.
That there are people out there being left essentially to unwanted sexual potential from adults. Kids should be made aware. Most kids have this respect. And if you’re listening to this, and the adults are not making sure that this stuff is available, go on the internet and teach them to yourself for a couple hours.
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American Television Writer
Scott Douglas Jacobsen
Editor-in-Chief, In-Sight Publishing
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