Anyone who’s been keeping up with the insanity going on around the country in our university system is well aware of the mythological term “microaggressions.”
Typically this phrase is tossed around by delicate liberal snowflakes who get triggered and lose their minds whenever they hear someone expressing an opinion different from the one they believe to be right.
Well, much to the horror of leftists everywhere, a psychology professor has come out and stated that the “microaggressions” are nothing more than a figment of the liberal imagination.
You can almost hear the screaming and crying now.
According to The College Fix, Emory University psychology Professor Scott Lilienfeld is challenging the seemingly universally accepted concept of the microaggression.
After reviewing many studies on the topic, Dr. Lilienfeld argues in his paper “Microaggressions: Strong Claims, Inadequate Evidence” that microaggressions lack scientific proof, and therefore should not be included in workplace or campus diversity training.
Moreover, he said he believes that the term microaggression is misleading, as it implies conscious intent to harm, and thus should be abandoned.
“The scientific status of the microaggression research program is far too preliminary to warrant its dissemination to real-world contexts,” he writes in his 2017 scholarly article published in Perspectives on Psychological Science.
I began reading the literature, and became more curious and more concerned when I realized that there was hardly any evidence supporting the concept of microaggressions,” Lilienfeld said.
When universities and corporations began providing microaggression detection and avoidance training, the underlying assumption was that the concept itself had been subjected to rigorous scientific scrutiny.
Lilienfeld counters that this is simply not the case.
“We know that microaggressions are correlated with negative mental health outcomes, but that finding may be confounded with a person’s pre-existing personality or mental health condition. Because microaggressions are determined by self-report, it is difficult to prove that they cause mental health problems,” Lilienfeld said.
The fundamental flaw, according to Lilienfeld, is the self-reported nature of the microaggression coupled with its broad definition.
“Because they are totally in the eye of the beholder — anything you say could be labeled as a microaggression,” Lilienfeld said. “In the current literature, if someone is offended by something, it is a microaggression. You simply cannot progress scientifically in this way or expect to resolve racial tensions on a college campus.”
Moreover, Lilienfeld argues that research on microaggressions does not draw upon key domains of psychological science, including: psychometrics, social cognition, cognitive-behavioral therapy, behavior genetics, and personality, health and industrial-organizational psychology.
Lilienfeld went on to say that what folks on both sides of the spectrum really need is more communication together, not less, and that creating a list of words and phrases that aren’t allowed to be spoken shuts down productive dialogues.
This is absolutely true on both accounts. Our nation is heavily divided these days and the only way forward is together, something that will never happen as long as the left is perpetually offended by everything the right says and does.
It’s time to grow some thick skin, learn how to handle criticism, and to work toward a mutual respect that allows for folks of differing opinions and walks of life to be able to share their ideas and worldview in order for modern society to flourish.
Maybe this information will get spread around and future generations of Americans will no longer be pansies who can’t handle hard truth.
[Note: This article was written by Michael Cantrell]