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The Mental Health Crisis Nobody’s Talking About Explains Extremist Protesters

In The Coddling of the American Mind Jon Haidt and Greg Lukianoff show how the cognitively distorted thinking and vindictive protectiveness of the microaggression, trigger warning, disinvitation crusade on college campuses is “disastrous” for mental health. In The Yale Problem Begins in High School Haidt offers evidence that students arrive at college with their minds already “coddled.” The behaviors of students like these match the symptom list for behavioral disorders.

But nowhere, it seems, is anyone wondering where it all leads, let alone discussing it.  Where do the Yale children and their misshapen minds go after they graduate, and what do they do when they get there?

The answers to those questions are right in front of our face in the daily news. The image farther below is a collage I put together that shows how, and where, the worst manifestations of the behavioral disorders of the “Coddled American Mind” appear on a regular basis. Mental health problems like those of “The Yale Girl” (video below) ultimately end in destruction and bloodshed.  This is not normal, mature, healthy, adult behavior.  It’s sick.

The hue and cry among among the punditry, and even the laudable efforts of Heterodox Academy to increase viewpoint diversity on campuses strikes me as a whole lot of fiddling while Rome burns with a crisis of mental health.

The Yale Problem:

The Yale Problem after school:


The cognitively distorted thinking of Coddled American Minds takes to the streets.


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