Reverse participation (concept)


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The Qultura concept of reverse participation is not that difficult to grasp if you understand how a traumatic experience in life can motivate a dramatic, and not a traumatic response, and kickstart a process of individuation. This concept is covered in this section on the webpage about individuation further down this sub menu. On that webpage we explained how trauma is always negated by drama.

Using the examples of a black paint spill on a concrete floor, broken glass and the striking of a gong (reproduced on this page with a photo of a woman with a big hammer about to hit a big gong. If you click on the audio you will hear the sound. The difference between drama and trauma is that unlike trauma, drama doesn't involve any force or impact - but quite the opposite, because drama negates trauma to produce consciousness.

This is all very much Psychology 101. If you get hit on the head you rub it to reduce the impact and the trauma. If you feel stressed or emotionally wounded, a good hug from someone close will soothe you. Parents instinctively pick up their small children if they have a fall, graze their leg and burst into tears. This is not just Psychology 101, this is also Empathy 101, because empathy is almost purely dramatic.

However when it comes to such things as poverty, deprivation, the loss of a job, financial hardship, the loss of money, and similar situations there's a staggering number of people in the world, the vast majority, who either don't buy this simple concept or don't accept it. What you get instead is indifference - go see the sheer numbers of people who barely consciously and nonchalantly walk past the homeless people in the street. You get the stigma, the moralizing, the judgmental attitude - 'get a job', 'you should try harder', 'I don't have much money either', 'you're weak', 'you're lazy', 'you're stupid'.

The additional stress of poverty and hardship

One of the major things which makes poverty and hardship so stressful is that fact that there is no way usually in our socioeconomic system for the person affected by the poverty, hardship and trauma to be able to respond to the trauma in any effective way to deal with it or to be able to go through a process of individuation. Instead they're immediately held in check, usually by some organization, such as a bank, a government welfare or disability department, a charity, an employer, a loan company, and this has the same effect as holding the gong tight when you strike it, or the glass, you inevitably end up breaking it and destroying it.

The exact same thing happens to human beings when they experience the traumatic stressful processes of poverty or a sudden change of circumstances for the worse, they end up being broken or worse, destroyed. We don't care what anyone else says because this is not an ideological statement or position but a scientific fact and reality - human beings are not naturally equipped to live in poverty or deprivation and there's a word for how those people are treated by the rest of society who usually cooperate with authorities to keep people locked into poverty - abuse. People who are kept locked in poverty, be they jobless, homeless or pensioners, or people with disabilities, it doesn't matter whether they are kept in poverty by the authorities or the indifference of the people, they are still being abused.

Reverse participation, appeals and pledges

This is why Qultura created the concept of reverse participation, appeals and pledges so as to offer people affected by hardship and poverty the opportunity to respond to the trauma they were going through by reversing their participation in the Qultura community, getting recognized as being traumatized, and being able to create, design and share appeals to get support from others as well as share their experiences and the insight from their trauma to develop empathy.

Qultura is the first ever organization to create this concept, which we've been doing since 2015, and today we are still the only organization in the world using this approach (unless Google and other search engines are keeping them hidden somewhere).

Further reading

About reverse participation About projects (and appeals)