There has been an uptick in the last few years of people identifying as “trans-abled”.
Trans-abled refers to people who choose to be disabled, and even perform illegal surgeries and medical procedures, in order to find happiness. These people compare their identity to that of transgender people, and feel that one or more limbs or functions of one’s body do not belong to one’s self.
Professor Alexandre Baril says that transability is “the desire or the need for a person identified as able-bodied by other people to transform their body to obtain a physical impairment”.
For example, Jewel Shuping from North Carolina has managed to convince a sympathetic psychologist to pour drain cleaner into her eyes and she could become a blind person.
She told Daily Mail that her mother would find her walking in the halls at night when she was younger, and she has always been fascinated with blindness. She added that thinking about being blind made her feel comfortable when she was six, and she began to wear thick black sunglasses and got her first cane at the age of 18. By the age of 20, she was fully fluent in Braille.
She finally found a psychologist who agreed to help her with the process of becoming blind in 2006, and then she went through the “extremely painful” process that involved administering numbing eyedrops before putting a couple of drops of drain cleaner into her eyes.
She says that she feels this is the way she was supposed to be born, and that she should have been blind from birth.
Shuping is not the only person in the world that lives with Body Integrity Identity Disorder (BIID).
It’s a condition in which abled people believe they are meant to be disabled.
Professor Clive Baldwin interviewed 37 transabled people as a part of a study at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, and, according to the interviews, the subjects had a great desire for a disability. In fact, their desire was so great that they even tried to create accidents to make it a reality.
Another person that lives with BIID is research scientist Chloe Jennings-White. She wants to be permanently paralyzed, and has tried to paralyze herself by the age of 9, when she first rode her bike off a stage.
She told HuffPost that doing any activity that brings a chance of her becoming paraplegic gives her a sense of relief from the anxiety caused by the BIID.
Psychiatrist Dr. Mark Malan who treats Jennings-White told Daily Mail that the question he often ask is which one is better: to have somebody pretending to use a wheelchair, or to choose to end their life?
Unsurprisingly, though, many people are unable to wrap their heads over the idea of making yourself a disabled person on purpose, and this is how they reacted: