Re: offensive words in the cohousing game
From: Tom Smyth (
Date: Sat, 6 Mar 2021 04:43:03 -0800 (PST)
This is the first time I have heard of "personality disorder" being
offensive. It is a medical diagnosis in the DSM V for what that's worth.
Google didn't turn up any articles about the issue. Would be curious to
hear more about the complaint.

On Sat, Mar 6, 2021, 07:26 CJ Q <homeschoolvideo [at]> wrote:

> Hi all!
> Thanks for everyone who ordered the What Would You Do Cohousing Edition
> (free).  I hope you got your copy.
> I want to apologize if any wording had offense. It was pointed out that the
> phrase "personality disorder" is offensive.I am going to leave it in there
> because it was a direct quote from the archives. All of the answers to any
> answer slide are also direct quotes so when it says "I" it never means me
> in the answer slides. I don't give answers - just give the scenarios. I
> think I did use I once - like in the very last slide but that was it and it
> was something minor.
> So I have two questions. One is what is another way to discuss troubling
> behaviors?  Cooperative people is what you expect in cohousing but not
> everyone is that way. I am not advocating not to have empathy, but how can
> you steer your community so empathy is the go to and not be swayed by
> personalities that can take up a lot of energy and cause heartache?
> Here is an interesting article and it uses way offensive language in my
> opinion (Idiots is one of those words they use). I"m not deflecting - just
> I don't want to not help communities with these real issues.
> The second question is for the listserv - when everyone wrote these
> scenarios and solutions it was here - to the listserv.  Is my game
> anonymous enough that everyone would feel okay with sharing it on a
> cohousing national  website? It'll still be free but I don't want anyone to
> feel like their community's "dirty laundry" is now out there for the world
> to see. The listserv is available to everyone (right?) and is a safe space
> so I don't want anyone to feel exploited.
> Thanks in advance,
> Carol
> homeschoolvideo [at]
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