Thursday, 28 April 2016

What is 'concept creep'?

Concept creep is a term coined to describe 'psychology's expanding concepts of harm and pathology'.
by applying concepts of abuse, bullying, and trauma to less severe and clearly defined actions and events, and by increasingly including subjective elements into them, concept creep may release a flood of unjustified accusations and litigation, as well as excessive and disproportionate enforcement regimes
Concept Creep: Psychology's Expanding Concepts of Harm and Pathology,” Professor Nick Haslam, University of Melbourne 

The concepts of abuse, bullying, trauma, mental disorder, addiction, and prejudice ... {have been subjected to historical changes}. In each case, the concept's boundary has stretched and its meaning has dilated.  Source

In his Atlantic essay, 'How Americans Became So Sensitive to Harm'  Conor Friedersdorf, suggests that 'concept creep' reflects a profound changes in out thinking.

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