“Trigger warnings define people with mental illness and post-traumatic stress disorder as victims, imprisoning them in the past.”
In this article, Samuel Barr, a college student at Texas State University, provides a personal analysis of a current trend in higher education – students demanding a safe place from every topic and image that would cause them discomfort. He makes the point that students need to be prepared for life, which inevitably has its traumas. It is a failure in regard to a university’s “primary purpose: to provide an environment for the free and robust exchange of ideas, which is essential to higher education.”
But the main point of his article is that the common response of university administrations, which is to agree to these demands, amounts to full-blown condescension toward people with mental illness. Barr, who personally struggles with mental health issues, asserts that these policies, in effect, declare that people with mental health struggles “are so fragile that they need to be protected at all times,” which ultimately “increase[s] the already toxic stigma against people with mental illness.” And in the process, these policies fail “to help people to overcome their traumas.”
If we cannot confront our trauma within the pages of a book, how can we expect to navigate personal relationships or demanding jobs?
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