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Harvard Study: Trigger Warnings Might Coddle the Mind
Psychology Today ^ | August 3, 2018 | Pamela B. Paresky Ph.D

Posted on 08/12/2018 7:49:39 PM PDT by DoodleBob

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To: DoodleBob

In short - colleges are teaching students to put a chip on their shoulders...

41 posted on 08/12/2018 9:57:29 PM PDT by GOPJ (August 16 - NATIONAL "CANCEL YOUR NEWSPAPER SUBSCRIPTION" DAY)
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42 posted on 08/12/2018 10:52:31 PM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: Lazamataz

I have been maintaining for years that a person who has never been disciplined is not likely to learn personal discipline on one's own, and hence will be a danger to self and others.

Learned it from flunking out of university and going to boot camp where drill sergeants rule the roost. Later was able to self-discipline enough to attain PhD in hard science.

Microaggression? Hah!

No "safe spaces" out there in corporate culture combat, eh?

43 posted on 08/13/2018 2:00:04 AM PDT by imardmd1 (Fiat Lux)
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To: DoodleBob
The pair argued that some campus practices—presumably intended to protect students from being harmed by words and ideas deemed offensive or distressing—seemed to be interfering with students' ability to get along with each other, and could even be having a deleterious effect on their mental health. Among those practices: training students to identify microaggressions (things people say or do, often unintentionally, that are interpreted as expressions of bigotry), turning classrooms and lecture halls into intellectual safe spaces (where students are protected from words and ideas they might find upsetting), and the issuing of trigger warnings: alerts about the potentially “triggering” content of written work, films, lectures, and other presentations.

Don't handicap your children by making their lives easy."
Robert Heinlein

44 posted on 08/13/2018 3:56:22 AM PDT by trebb (So many "experts" with so little experience in what they preach....even here...)
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To: A Navy Vet

I’m talking about the domain of a college, in which bar-roomish declamations are not supposed to carry the day. Rave profanely all you want — the best you’ll be is a bad example.

45 posted on 08/13/2018 4:42:40 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Tryin' hard to win the No-Bull Prize.)
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To: trebb

As in many things there is a happy medium, a blessed center.

But for what it’s worth, when Harvard still had a robust Christian ethic, it wouldn’t be choosing materials that wallowed in these edgy and dicey areas in the first place. And like as not, theses would be about some point of Christian faith.

Harvard does not need a trim. Harvard needs a reboot.

46 posted on 08/13/2018 4:46:41 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Tryin' hard to win the No-Bull Prize.)
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To: catnipman

It’s a printed warning akin to “What you are about to read is graphic and may not be fit for all ages. Parental discretion is advised.”

47 posted on 08/13/2018 5:08:46 AM PDT by DoodleBob
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To: arrogantsob
Interesting you should say so...part of the study's design was to have tested and control subject read passages with and without trigger warnings, then measure how they "felt" thereafter.

The researchers categorized passages as Neutral, Mildly Distressing, and Markedly Distressing. The example given of the latter is in fact from Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoevsky

He had not a minute more to lose. He pulled the axe quite out, swung it with both arms, scarcely conscious of himself, and almost without effort, almost mechanically, brought the blunt side down on her head. He seemed not to use his own strength in this. But as soon as he had once brought the axe down, his strength returned to him.

The old woman was as always bareheaded. Her thin, light hair, streaked with grey, thickly smeared with grease, was plaited in a rat’s tail and fastened by a broken horn comb which stood out on the nape of her neck. As she was so short, the blow fell on the very top of her skull. She cried out, but very faintly, and suddenly sank all of a heap on the floor, raising her hands to her head… Then he dealt her another blow with the blunt side and on the same spot. The blood gushed as if from an upturned glass, the body fell back. He stepped back, let it fall, and at once bent over her face; she was dead. Her eyes seemed to be starting out of their sockets, the brow and the whole face were drawn and contorted convulsively.

48 posted on 08/13/2018 5:22:49 AM PDT by DoodleBob
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49 posted on 08/13/2018 5:28:27 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (Trump: "I am Batman!")
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To: Steely Tom; ladyjane
It is hard to feel sorry for academics, but there have been stories recently from professors that feel that THEY are under attack from the monsters they've created. I am going to go out on a limb and state that a meaningfully large proportion of Harvard professors aren't YUGE fans of the radicalized environment they caused.

I suspect a sizable percentage - not all - of liberal professors aren't super-radicalized..,they are in favor of only a soft tyranny, where guns are highly regulated, free healthcare for all, and they cheer when FB shuts down some "radical conservative." However, I bet they don't mind hunters having shotguns, having Anne Coulter talk on campus, and secretly smiled at the comedic value when Trump said "because you'd be in jail."

I imagine there are scores of liberal professors who, only in the darkness of their bedroom at night, on a Tor app and under a hard-to-track pseudonym, are posting online and calling their students "snowflakes."

They probably are clueless to the Frankenstein monster they've built and wonder how we got here. They see former proud alumni who donated to their largess waking away. Ironically, the only force capable of turning back the barbarians storming the gate are Deplorables, and that rescue operation ain't in the cards.

50 posted on 08/13/2018 5:50:19 AM PDT by DoodleBob
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To: thoughtomator
For vets who've witnessed the horror of actual war, like my Dad, I would cut them a break and say I'm OK with a Trigger Warning on the news, aka "what you about to see are actual images from war of people being killed...discretion is advised."

I would agree, however, that a Trigger Warning in a college textbook or classroom or a SpongeBob episode like "Wormy" is asinine.

51 posted on 08/13/2018 5:58:46 AM PDT by DoodleBob
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To: DoodleBob

Ya think? Sheesh.

52 posted on 08/13/2018 6:00:37 AM PDT by JustaCowgirl (You can pick your causes, but not the consequences.)
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To: JustaCowgirl
Yea, I know...masters of the obvious.

But it's noteworthy that they still published the study...something like this in and of itself could fan the flames burning under the academy. Indeed I expect some freshman to shortly say "your priviledged study saying I can't handle Trigger Warnings have triggered me...I cannot attend class. Give me an A."

53 posted on 08/13/2018 6:30:59 AM PDT by DoodleBob
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To: HiTech RedNeck
"Rave profanely all you want..."

Where did I rave profanely? Do you have me mixed up with some other poster?

54 posted on 08/13/2018 7:21:37 AM PDT by A Navy Vet (I'm not Islamophobic - I'm Islamonauseous. Plus LGBTQxyz nauseous.)
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55 posted on 08/13/2018 7:26:26 AM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn)
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56 posted on 08/13/2018 8:08:41 AM PDT by caww
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To: DoodleBob

Passages from “The Possessed” would cause “feelings” to go off the charts. Even “The Idiot” is hard to take.

57 posted on 08/13/2018 10:29:11 AM PDT by arrogantsob (See "Chaos and Mayhem" at
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