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Alright forget the science and ethics thread. Let's talk about why confusing short term harm reduction with long term therapy is incredibly dangerous and has the potential to kill people.
Here's the crux of his argument:

He believes trigger warnings are counter to longstanding CBT models of therapy because they contribute to avoidance.

He refuses, for what I believe are ideological reasons, to acknowledge the following:

1) CBT exposure therapy needs to be done in a controlled environment under the guidance of a professional/team of professionals
2) Trigger warnings are not and have never been proposed as a long term therapy

3) Exposing cPTSD and PTSD patients to re-traumatizing material in an uncontrolled setting and without warning is DANGEROUS!!!
He also appears to be completely ignorant of what being triggered actually feels like and the consequences it can have for patients.

Specifically how retraumatization events without warning and support can UNDERMINE PATIENT WELL BEING AND PROGRESS
And that's the BEST CASE SCENARIO!

The WORST case scenario is patient fatalities.
Trigger Warning for the next tweet: I'm going to describe *in detail* what being triggered can feel like to make a point later on.

Skip past if necessary. 💕
Here's my experience

Physical: shortness of breath, tightness in chest, flushing, sweating, shock, rapid heart rate, nausea, vomiting, numbness or pain in hands, dizziness, hyperventilation, fainting

Emotional: flashbacks, self-harm ideation, self-harm, suicide ideation
That's just my personal experience as an example. It can feel a lot of different ways to a lot of different people.

With that context, think about what stripping away trigger warnings means for people like me.
When you take away trigger warnings, you leave people like me vulnerable to ALL of the symptoms listed above and more.

This happens because we, as traumatized people, need to choose when and how we engage with our trauma. It's not something we can do all the time.
Anyone who has gone through the journey of healing from trauma knows how utterly exhausting this work is. We cannot survive potential surprise exposure therapy 24 hours a day.

Effective healing has to be extremely deliberate.
When we have our agency removed by taking away trigger warnings, you make it impossible for us to self-assess and, if necessary, opt out until we're in a better position to do the work.
And that right there is the problem.

People like @paytonjjones think we are incapable of actively participating in our own healing. He genuinely believes that we are the ones holding ourselves back.
He disgustingly believes that trigger warnings are doing us harm because they allow us to live in a sheltered bubble that allow us to avoid the hard work of healing.

And he's fucking wrong.

There are absolutely barriers to healing but agency is absolutely not one of them.
If @paytonjjones and people like him truly wanted to help traumatized people heal, they'd be going after the real problems like lack of access to the time and resources needed to do this incredibly difficult work.
Most traumatized people are trapped spending most of their energy just trying to SURVIVE, never mind heal and recover.

If someone is worried about food and shelter they're not going to have the energy to work on self-actualization and recovery.
Like this is really basic introductory psychology 101 stuff.

If the most basic needs (food, water, shelter) are not secured then there is no space to work on anything else.
And this is where mental health and capitalism are inextricably linked to each other. Any serious discussion about healing from trauma cannot ignore the capitalist elephant in the room.
When the majority of individuals in a society are spending almost all of their energy on survival, it's absurd to expect them work on their mental health.

This is doubly so for trauma survivors.
Most trauma survivors don't even have reliable access to the most basic therapies....

But please, tell me more about how trigger warnings are the real problem. 😒
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