Lynette Robinson has written a powerful memoir. Her text is undoubtingly a very important and insightful learning tool for those working in the mental health field, specifically practicing clinicians. I recommend Where The Rainbow Fell Down for required reading for students aspiring to enter the mental health field. Lynette Robinson has written us into these pages and this system. This is not just a book for clinicians and students, laypersons will benefit from Where The Rainbow Fell Down as well.
Lynette Robinson has courageously shared her story of family dysfunction, mental illness, sexual and domestic violence and the misogyny of the Roman Catholic Church. Where The Rainbow Fell Down is at times a painful story and difficult to read. I found myself having to stop and take a few deep breaths before continuing. It is a wonder how she survived horrifc after horrific experience and thrived to become the person she is today. Persons believing in miracles will say, her journey was indeed a miracle.
This memoir describes classic behaviors of persons raised and living in abusive and dysfunctional homes. Homes where family members are coached or threatened not to share what happens in their homes. Everyone is taught to dance, a dance of silence. Coached to protect the abusers, less they be discovered to not be this mythological non problematic family. In many cases the children becoming the parents to parents, lacking the skills for healthy parenting. Lynette Robinson became the parent protecting her mother and the keeper of secrets. The daughter of a mother living her life based on the opinions of neighbors, church doctrine and the keeping up of appearances. Sadly, at the expense of the well being of her children. I cringed at the repeated inequities and patriachal societal preferences for males as experienced in her home. Mother and stepfather prefering her brother. We witness the spirit of a woman who has been beaten down since childhood, subjecting herself to the unwanted advances of a husband she despised, while strategically planning her escape.
Make no mistake Where The Rainbow Fell Down should also be required reading for clergy and not just those of the Roman Catholic faith. Perhaps, the Roman Catholic Church along with its brother institutions( spiritual denominations)who continue to practice abusive ideologies serving no purpose other than to control and dominate will be enlightened. Denominations governed by a group of misogynists robed in an archaic doctrine and a system based on fear not love. Fear as a means of control and power. Persons lacking experience with issues confronting couples and individuals living them on a daily basis. A system where these inexperienced men are set up as fathers and leaders. Lets not forget nuns and female members of the clergy who have bought into this system of oppression. Both male and female lacking compassion, empathy, understanding and love. Reading these pages and having read other texts filled with stories of abusing nuns, priests and clergy one witnesses first hand criteria for diagnoses of mental illness. Mentally ill individuals and criminals protected by institutions of power economically and spiritually.
Lynette Robinson has written us into these pages. We are no longer on the outside looking in. We’re on the inside wondering will she survive the onslaught of crushing physical, psychological and spiritual blows. Happily we rejoice with and are inspired by Lynette Robinson’s personal victories, empowerment and realization of joy, peace and love. This is the story of a courageous and determined woman who found her gold at the end of her rainbow. As a practicing clinician Where The Rainbow Fell Down will join my library of reference and recommended tools.
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