Does Social Justice Activism Cause Mental Illness?

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During my time here at EveryJoe, I’ve written a whole hell of a lot about social justice, and just how damaging it can be. When I say damaging, I don’t just mean to universities that are its breeding grounds, or even to the country at large. I also mean it’s damaging to the very psyche of the person who holds social justice beliefs.

We already know that it causes high levels of stress within those who practice social justice. You’ll recall the articles that came out in February that detailed how students found social justice activism such a burden that it interfered with their school work, and they had to ask for extensions for their assignments. One student named David told The Daily Herald, “There are people breaking down, dropping out of classes and failing classes because of the activism work they are taking on.”

YouTube star and ultra-feminist Laci Green, of MTV’s “Braless,” even admits that “I also find it important to create positive spaces for myself, which sometimes means zoning out, and taking a break from feminist analysis. It should not become an all consuming shadow on life. That just ain’t healthy.”

How unhealthy? Stress produces the hormone cortisol, which in frequent doses, can result in a myriad of problems. These include weight gain, heart disease, memory loss, depression, and – drumroll – mental illness.

What kind of mental illness? Well, the chronic stress caused by social justice activism has various effects on the brain, especially that of the hippocampus and amygdala, which controls your fight-or-flight response. lays it out pretty clearly.

“The researchers performed a series of experiments on adult rats, focusing on the hippocampus region of the brain (which regulates memory and emotions). During the experiments, they found the neural stem cells behaved differently than expected. Prior to this study, the general belief was that these stem cells would only become neurons or astrocyte cells, a type of glial cell. However, under stress, these cells became another type of glial cells, oligodendrocyte, which are the myelin-producing cells. These cells also help form the synapses, which are the communication tools that allow nerve cells to exchange information. Thus, chronic stress causes more myelin-producing cells and fewer neurons. This disrupts the balance in the brain, causing communication in the brain cells to lose its normal timing, which could lead to problems.”

So what could that mean for the social justice warrior?

“This might lead to a stronger connection between the hippocampus and the amygdala (the area that processes the fight-or-flight response). It might also cause weaker connectivity between the hippocampus and the prefrontal cortex (the area that moderates the responses).”

In other words, the stress is making it harder to respond reasonably to a given situation, that may even rank as a one on the social justice Richter scale. It increases the amount of fear and anxiety felt, and every situation becomes something of a big deal. So when some social justice warriors say they now have PTSD because people made fun of them online, like Melody Hensley did, they may not be all that wrong.

When they erupt into screaming and shouting at a person, they may actually be unable to control themselves.


When an SJW uses physicality, like Bonita Tindle did at SFSU to the kid with the dreadlocks or Melissa Click to the student journalist, it’s likely because the stress had altered chemicals in the brain that makes them more aggressive.


Not long ago, I noticed that the reactions most SJWs had to their given situations were mentally on par with that of children, and wrote about it here. I mentioned that to people like you and I, dreadlocks seemed like a weird reason to lose one’s mind, but to the SJW they might see the reason as valid.

This may explain why. The mental breakdown that occurs when people adhere to the causes and activist life of social justice can all be mapped back to chemical imbalances caused by stress. In other words, SJWs are very likely mentally unstable. We’ve noted that many times before, both jokingly and seriously, but here is the proof.

This opens up a whole list of answers to the SJW question. Do they really require safe spaces? They very well might. To us, coloring books, videos of puppies, and bubbles seem silly, but this kind of child-like fun zone soothes the nerves and calms the out of control emotions the SJW is currently suffering from.

Why would anyone really want to ban free speech? Because disparaging words and bubble bursting talk really does cause their already unstable emotions to derail, causing further stress and further harm to the self.

Furthermore, it should be noted that anger can be addictive, and SJWs are filled to the brim with it. But if the stress is so harmful, why keep it going? Why be so angry at everything all the time? Doctor Jean Kim writes what kind of effects SJWs are feeling when they unleash that anger.

What happens is that anger can lead to similar “rushes” as thrill-seeking activities where danger triggers dopamine reward receptors in the brain, or like other forms of addiction such as gambling, extreme sports, even drugs like cocaine and methamphetamines. Anger can become its own reward, but like other addictions, the final consequences are dangerous and real, and people follow impulses in the moment without regard to the big picture.

Being angry feels good when used at the time, much like a drug. You’ll notice, however, a pattern developing. Excess use of anger leads to a loss of control. They want to express that anger to get that rush, but soon the anger becomes nigh involuntary.

I admit that I’m not doctor or psychologist myself, but it would appear that a lot of what I read in my attempt to get down to the mental effects of social justice lines up perfectly with that of stress induced mental illnesses.

It’s scary to think that everyone from the media, to politicians, to celebrities are telling social justice adherents that what they’re doing is right and that they should keeping standing up and fight the good fight. This is on par with mental abuse, when you step back and consider the effects social justice activism has on the brain.

These people don’t need to be enabled, they need help.

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Hailing from Austin, Texas, Brandon Morse has been writing about politics and culture across many websites for the last six years, with a heavy emphasis on anti-authoritarianism. Aside from writing articles, he is also known for voice acting and authoring scripts. He is an avid gamer, dog person, and has a bad habit of making vague references to things no one has heard about or seen. Follow him at @TheBrandonMorse on Twitter.

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  • Lyndon Perry

    Good read.

  • Sean R.

    Scary what is happening to the population… ah well, it’ll all come to an end when they ask those Islamic migrants for safe spaces.

  • aliswell

    Or, more likely, do the mentally ill simply gravitate towards the romantic mythology of “social justice warrior,” much like Islam attracts violent psychopaths? Both social “justice” and Islam are fabrications of the human mind.

    • Emple

      No, I think it’s definitely the opposite in both cases. The human mind is an incredibly powerful thing. Both your examples are clear evidence of societal/cultural influence reinforcing a delusional belief, creating a sort of feedback loop.

      Once you enter the loop of believing in something, your mind find things that support this belief and starts ignoring things that don’t, which in turn strengthens the belief. If left unchecked, this process leads to delusional thought that reinforces delusional thought and causes an increase in delusional thought.

      Plus, people rarely want to admit when they are wrong about something — to anyone, including themselves. It’s why teenagers posting stuff on tumblr is so worrisome to me. None of us really know who we are in our teen years. Once you have made a public declaration, such as “I’m catkin” or “I’m an agender demigirl,” human stubbornness tends to set you along that path, and the more people tell you “you’re being silly” or “it’s just a phase,” the more you entrench yourself in proving them wrong. This applies equally to SJW beliefs and religions.

      The good thing is, as powerful as this cycle is, it can be broken. People have been known to abandon religions, abandon bigotry, abandon hate, abandon illogical thought processes.

      I just hope the problem doesn’t get so widespread that it can’t be curtailed… because as much as this self-fulfilling belief system can be applied to an individual, the effect is magnified when you’re looking at groups. Theists and SJWs are strengthened in their beliefs and patterns because they are further reinforced by the fact those beliefs and patterns are shred by fellow believers, and they in turn reinforce those beliefs to those believers around them.

  • Rachel Hahn

    Nice gaslighting there, dude. Screw you.

    • zaph

      It could be said you’re proving Brandon’s point quite admirably with your comment.

    • Chad_Nine

      Get this person a coloring book!

    • TrollingThunder

      Don’t cry, Rachel. The first step in solving a problem is admitting that you have a problem. Yank yourself out of that hugbox, free yourself from snowflake syndrome and you’ll soon realize that the world doesn’t give a shit about you, me, that guy over there, or your poor abused feelings.

      In other words, grow up.

    • BigGaySteve

      Soros paid Jewish lesbian gatekeeper maintaining the narrative.

  • DrMicahStone

    “Does Social Justice Activism Cause Mental Illness?”
    —OR: Does Mental Illness Cause Social Justice Activism?

    Did the chicken come before the egg, or….

    • Emple

      Honestly, all extremist groupthink is problematic. Liberal, conservative, and every other sort. Tribal mentality is a hindrance to positive social and societal interactions.

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    • David

      Extreme Liberalism is a Mental Disorder.

      Don’t come here trying to pretend there are no good liberals.

  • sidray

    These kids need fear. They were never spanked, never admonished, treated like little princes and princesses by their absentee parents. unfortunately, the physical lesson is effective at the spanking level only for the rather young. Once they hit college they need a more serious punishment, like flogging. Anger? Bah, they don’t know anger, they know freaking out. One day they’ll see real anger directed at them and then they will understand fear. Fear that brings forth caution and respect.

  • TruthSeeker

    Great article, I also think there is a dimension of group psychosis and the positive feedback loop. Combine this with Left-wing holier-than-thou puritizing and the idea they want to be on the “right” side of history, you get a generation that is the most mentally insane in U.S. history. It makes the most horrible dystopian novels of the 20th century seem like paradise.

  • jdgalt

    The parallel to Mao’s “cultural revolution” is uncanny. If it’s a true parallel, the next step is for the SJThugs to get much more violent, so prepare to defend yourself now!

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    I saw a gay guy that had just been bashed come into a bar and he couldn’t bring himself to answer the question “Was he white, black or Hispanic?” Of course its never the STR8 White Church Going Christian Men that Soros paid lesbian gatekeepers warned us about.

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