A new book by a former professor at California State University-East Bay describes how she “escaped” her addiction to political correctness and found a way to be “happier and healthier.”
Dr. Loretta Breuning wrote How I Escaped Political Correctness and You Can Too to chronicle her “ah-ha” moment in the ‘90s “when she realized she was lying to her students for ‘fear of sounding right-wing,’” notes Campus Reform.
“How did I get into this mess? I’m a grownup! A tax-payer! A reader of self help books!” Breuning said. However, she was addicted to “ideological despotism.”
“I saw facts that conflicted with the prevailing belief system, but I questioned myself because I saw that people who question progressive assertions are ridiculed, shunned, and attacked,” Breuning admitted. She continued:
“When I saw how the politically correct world view was affecting my kids, I found the courage to take off the goggles and see life without it. It took time, but I learned to meet my own needs instead of relying on political correctness to meet them for me. I want to help others take off the progressive goggles.”
Breuning learned that being politically correct “offers a fast, easy way to pull yourself up by putting others down” and that’s why so many people latch on. They’ve “rewarded” themselves with the “good feeling from political correctness” and don’t want to lose the high. She suggests forming new pathways in the brain to achieve a good feeling.
“It's better than substance addiction, but the two often go together,” Breuning said. “New neural pathways are hard to build, but it’s possible with repetition.”
She even suggested that the PC-culture creates a “terrible [environment] for mental health” because “[p]olitical correctness makes you unhappy by fomenting unrealistic expectations of utopia.” And when people realize that's impossible, it incites “resentment and jealousy.” Therefore, pursuing political correctness “teaches you to be a powerless victim,” Breuning added.
Time to break the chains. Welcome to freedom, professor.