Psychologist: Overprotective Environment on College Campuses is Affecting Students’ Mental Health

August 12, 2015

By Meghan Keenan at Red Alert Politics

Social psychologist and NYU professor Jonathan Haidt recently began studying “moralistic trends” on college campuses, and noticed his own students were becoming more and more sensitive to the material he presented in class.

“Most of my students are not so easily offended,” Haidt explained. “But the relationship of trust between professors and students seems to be weakening as more students become monitors for microaggressions.”

Haidt partnered with Greg Lukianoff, president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education to write an essay for The Atlantic magazine titled, “The Coddling of the American Mind,” in which they list numerous examples of speech restrictions on college campuses and argue the current overprotective environment on campuses is not only detrimental to students’ education – it’s also affecting their mental health...