Our Emotional-Fragility Epidemic

Why are we all so emotionally fragile? Both men and women, right-wingers and feminists, are beginning to ask that question, especially about the next generation of college students.

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  • disqus_W6sfZCiOd8

    Hmmm..I don’t generally see that with nursing students . Sometimes yes but rarely. Maybe if the universities taught them something useful you wouldn’t get this rage turning pain into power. I don’t know how true that is perhaps because of where I am. I do see many good young people. I think it’s the system.

    • Frau Katze

      Going to university (in the early 1970s) didn’t have that effect on me. It was the day of hippies and Vietnam War protests but in sciences, you would never have guessed. All was serene there.

      Neither if my kids went loco at university either. It must affect only some people, with a certain predisposition to it.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        I skimmed the article.
        To summarize: blahblahblah blaaahh.
        Kinda like Andrew Coyne’s on-the-one-hand-but-on-the-other-hand writing style.
        I saw some moonbattery in university more than a few years ago.
        (Employment Equity, anyone? In the Faculty of Management, formerly Commerce, no less. Frankenstein say Management Good, Money Bad.)
        Not like this, though.
        They’re not even speaking English and making cogent arguments, anymore.
        It’s this jargon laden paralanguage based more on feelings than facts.
        There are no absolutes beyond the inability to see contradictions.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Maybe nursing students are too busy getting an education to worry about crap like this. Given what they see everyday in their work they may also have thicker skin.
      In engineering at college we didn’t have time for this, either.
      Getting ready for seven exams in five days has a way of focussing you.
      Although, not focussed enough to avoid going down the pub with your study group the night before the last two.

    • Waffle

      In my experience as a patient, I find the nurses and students who come from immigrant families which tend to be “traditional” — one sees a higher degree of maturity and empathy. However, there are exceptions.

  • Frau Katze

    They must crazy to criticize this woman,

    At the University of Chicago this spring, a brave woman named Zineb El Rhazoui, who worked at Charlie Hebdo and faces death threats, spoke — and a student objected to her use of the phrase “I am Charlie” as hurtful to Muslims. Shulevitz report, “Ms. El Rhazoui replied, somewhat irritably, ‘Being Charlie Hebdo means to die because of a drawing,’ and not everyone has the guts to do that (although she didn’t use the word guts). She lives under constant threat, Ms. El Rhazoui said. The student answered that she felt threatened, too.” A student editorial then complained that Ms. El Rhazoui did not fulfill her responsibility to make sure “that others felt safe enough to express dissenting opinions.”