Mel Hynes (takhisis) wrote,
Mel Hynes
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Societal/semantic/philosophical debate

This is something that occurred to me late last night (as most of them do, in their evil "Get up and post this right now! I don't care that it's 2 AM!" way). What is, in your opinion, the difference between a "tool" and a "crutch" when it comes to psychological mechanisms? I realized that society tends to have very strong views on how tools are healthy coping mechanisms and crutches are unhealthy, debilatating ones. But how, precisely, is a coping tactic such as counting to ten or taking a prescription pill before public appearance to combat anxiety different from having a beer or a cigarette for the same effect?

I tried figuring out what the deciding factor in societal judgement could be. All potential pros and cons that I could come up with have examples on both sides, so I'm stumped as to why these blanket judgements exist on certain mechanisms (a case-by-case basis, I could understand). So I decided to ask you guys. What is the dividing line, in your opinion?
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