He believes trigger warnings are counter to longstanding CBT models of therapy because they contribute to avoidance.
1) CBT exposure therapy needs to be done in a controlled environment under the guidance of a professional/team of professionals
3) Exposing cPTSD and PTSD patients to re-traumatizing material in an uncontrolled setting and without warning is DANGEROUS!!!
Specifically how retraumatization events without warning and support can UNDERMINE PATIENT WELL BEING AND PROGRESS
The WORST case scenario is patient fatalities.
Skip past if necessary. 💕
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
With that context, think about what stripping away trigger warnings means for people like me.
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.
Effective healing has to be extremely deliberate.
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.
And he's fucking wrong.
There are absolutely barriers to healing but agency is absolutely not one of them.
If someone is worried about food and shelter they're not going to have the energy to work on self-actualization and recovery.
If the most basic needs (food, water, shelter) are not secured then there is no space to work on anything else.
This is doubly so for trauma survivors.
But please, tell me more about how trigger warnings are the real problem. 😒