Snowflakes are simply more emotionally aware

That’s the claim:

The “snowflake generation” of young people who lack resilience does not exist, they are just better at admitting to their feelings, mental health experts have claimed.

In recent years, millennials have been criticised for their over-sensitivity to confrontation and unwillingness to consider controversial or opposing views.

Some universities have even introduced “safe spaces” and “cry closets”, where students can retreat to get away from what has been dubbed “micro-aggression”.

But speaking at a briefing ahead of the British Association for Psychopharmacology summer meeting, experts said that young people are no more emotionally brittle than older generations, they are simply “more likely to talk about anxieties and worries”.

Well, no, not really. The first mistake they make is in being terribly un-English, in talking about their emotions. The second is to think that anyone else gives a shit. Which, of course, they don’t.

11 thoughts on “Snowflakes are simply more emotionally aware”

  1. Well, there certainly are snowflakes who think their own feelings are more information than anything else, and prominently demonstrate them to get their own way.
    They are a very noisy minority however- most young people get on with things and resent being lumped in with the forementioned.

  2. British Association for Psychopharmacology?

    “These young people are perfectly normal and we look forward to medicating them for it in future.”

  3. I would recommend member of the “British Association for Psychopharmacology” read the comments on this post. They’ll be delighted at how unambiguously Tim’s contributors express their feelings… especially about snowflakes.

  4. Are these the same “mental health experts” who have been unable to demonstrate an actual cure for an actual mental health disease despite having a 100 years and billions of dollars with which to do so?

    And who don’t have a repeatable way to even diagnose most mental health problems.

    Those “experts”?

  5. ‘where students can retreat to get away from what has been dubbed “micro-aggression”.’

    Preparing them for life’s macro-aggressions.

  6. They’re “snowflakes” because they care only about themselves and their own feelings. They don’t give a damn about anyone else’s feelings and they will stop at nothing – doxxing, intimidation, even physical violence – to get what they want. They never stop even for an instant to think about their victims’ feelings… presumably because “they deserved it”.

  7. Snowflakes have got everywhere. The London Licensed Taxi Drivers’ Association have announced they are going to sue Uber for loss of earnings. Wonderful! I expect an avalanche of groups sueing their competetors instead of doing their job better than them. Tesco will be suing Morrisons, Morrisons will be sueing Sainsbury’s, Sainsbury’s will be suing Virgin Money, Virgin Money will be suing TSB. The Guardian will be suing everybody.

  8. Are the idiots who deface a Kipling poem, because they have never read “Gunga Din” or “East and West” or “Kim” and think – for some value of “think” – that he was racist, over-sensitive to confrontation? I do not think so.
    Are they making an extreme fuss when anyone presumes to answer back to a false accusation? Maybe

  9. “. . . experts said that young people are no more emotionally brittle than older generations, they are simply “more likely to talk about anxieties and worries”.

    You can be ‘no more emotionally brittle’ than past generations *and* less emotionally resilient. These are not contradictory things.

    And, frankly, no matter how ’emotionally resiliant’ you are, if you genuinely need a ‘cry closet’ to *be provided for you – then no, you’re pretty damned emotionally brittle. The rest don’t break down in the middle of the class – we go home and cry in the privacy of our own homes at the end of the day.

    I mean, if you can’t even put off a crying jag until work’s over then you had better be under some amazing pressure.

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