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Trigger warnings don’t work, so why do we use them?
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Trigger warnings don’t work, so why do we use them? 

A new study from the National Bureau of Economic Research, published on July 11th, found that trigger warnings do more harm than good for students. The warnings before potentially troubling material were causing reported victims of trauma to identify more with their past trauma by constantly making them feel anxious that they may not be able to handle the material. 

Victims would assume because of the warning that they were more vulnerable than they were, which was untrue as the study’s results also showed that those not given trigger warnings were “resilient, experiencing little if any lasting psychological changes due to their experience” a reassuring finding.

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