Concept Creep: Expanding the definition of harm

Psychology
Over the past five years, a “new convert” mentality or an almost religious True Believer-ship by followers of Social Justice Ideology (SJI) who invest in models of political reality that purport to know the secret thoughts, beliefs and attitudes of individuals who belong to different population groups.
  
One of the fall-outs of the totalist mindset that stereotypes groups, is that unscrupulous people who belong to in-favor groups could easily manipulate the framework to dominate others in activist spaces and other environments in which this new caste system has been installed without mindfulness or safeguards against abuse.
 
Another aggravating factor is what Dr. Nicholas Haslan, a psychologist, has termed “concept creep” back in 2016. According to an Atlantic Magazine article, published in 2016, years of Haslan’s research had revealed a pattern where we have expanded the definitions of what constitutes “harm” so significantly that abuse, trauma, bigotry, mental illness, bullying, and other painful human experiences have become so greatly amplified that being regarded as a “perpetrator” has also become almost impossible to avoid in certain environments. 
 
Once we allow the very essence of the world to be characterized as essentially evil or conspiratorial, we begin to search for it everywhere and spend all of our time rooting it out. It is a dark, dark place indeed.
 
 

The Perils of Toxic Shame

Psychology, Social Justice Ideology

In recent years, collective guilt and internalized personal shame have become mainstream, particular among adherents of group identity-based ideologies that use Privilege Theory as a single defining framework for all of social reality.

For some people, the belief that they belong to an inherently bad demographic group fulfills an unconscious psychic function, where their sense of self feels more complete by identifying with a grand narrative that casts them in a role that requires continual self-doubt, self-blame, contemplation of their own flaws, and a never-ending search for a redemption that will never come.

For others, toxic shame is a weapon that can be used to inflict emotional or spiritual suffering onto other people to gain the psychic reward of sadistically hurting people or in the best of circumstances to gain a sense of moral domination and superiority.

Toxic shame, and the never-ending search for “wrongness” inside and outside is becoming the norm in our media, educational institutions, and even the workplace of companies that have taken on the programming of regressive ideologies that purport to be the only way to create a better society.

But, while it’s popularly accepted to inflict accusation, shame, self-hatred and generalized guilt onto ourselves and other people we consider “wrong-doers” or wrong-thinkers, it is a form of spiritual violence that will eventually need to be healed.