Are these rules not a little too restrictive? Is one not allowed to contradict you?
Yes - you are - but not with any expressions. It is the way complaints are expressed which the rules put limits to. To clarify I have made the following table.
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One is not allowed to:
One is allowed to:
1. Claim to have alternative facts.
1. Point out you were taught something else.
2. Accuse me of evilness.
2. Ask me about my standpoints.
3. Accuse me of lying.
3. Say you are of a different opinion.
4. Assert that “everyone knows” something.
4. Assert you think your opinion is the most common one.
5. Argue as if reality would be changed by one’s will.
5. Argue you would want things to be in a certain way.
6. Express yourself as if your own emotional reaction was universal to humanity.
6. Express your own emotional reaction so as to make it clear it is personal.
7. Treat your own intuition as infallible.
7. Say something appears intuitive to oneself.
8. Talk about one’s own automatic thoughts as if they were naturally rational.
8. Talk about something appearing rational to oneself.
9. Treat one’s own mental connections as if they were universal to humanity.
9. Tell what mental connections you make.
10. Talk about one’s own mental categories as if they were universal to humanity.
10. Talk about which mental categories you have yourself.
11. Argue as if something which is obvious to oneself was obvious to everyone.
11. Say something appear obvious to oneself.
12. Deny something to make sense to anyone just because you don’t understand it yourself.
12. Point out you don’t comprehend something.
13. Deny that any solution exists because you can’t imagine any yourself.
13. Ask if I know about any suggestion of solution.
14. Complain about people wondering if something really exists not denying its existence.
14. Say you don’t think something specific exists.
15.1. Talk about describing something as if it meant promoting it.
15.1. Ask what I think about what I describe.
15.2. Talk about leaving something alone as if it meant promoting it.
15.2. Ask what I think about what I leave alone.
16.1. Argue as if the characteristics of one thing applied to all of its category.
16.1. Point out that one thing is the only one you know about.
16.2. Argue as if the characteristics of some things applied for all such things.
16.2. Ask if the characteristics of some things are typical for the group.
16.3. Argue as if what is typical for the group applied to every single member of it.
16.3. Ask if I know how common exceptions are.
17. Deny something to exist that you don’t know about yourself.
17. Point out the limits of one’s knowledge.
18. Talk about groups of people as if every single member of that group has the same characteristics.
18. Say you think something is typical for the group.
19. Deny change to have taken place because you did not notice it yourself.
19. Point out you have not noticed any change yourself.
20. Argue as if things could not be caused by chance.
20. Ask if chance is relevant.
Can’t you convey your complaints without breaking the rules? If so, your standpoints are probably irrelevant.