Are there dangers in safety culture?


There are indeed potential dangers associated with an overly protective safety culture. Here are some key points discussed by experts:

  1. Excessive Control and Power Justification: explains how a hyperprotective attitude, especially from parents with certain personality pathologies, can lead to excessive control. This is often justified by a supposed concern for safety, which can suppress children's independence and growth 1.

  2. Impediments to Development: Overprotection and an intense focus on safety can stunt developmental processes. According to , this approach can hinder the ability to handle obstacles, manage emotions, and build resilience, potentially extending childhood far into adult years 2.

  3. Shifts in Cultural Norms and Responses: notes that strong safety cultures, especially in Western contexts, tend to be risk-averse to the extent that it affects responses to situations like pandemics. This can lead to authoritarian responses based on safety rather than balanced risk assessments 3.

    The Safety Culture Epidemic

    Jordan discusses the dangerous nexus between fear, power, and the safety culture, highlighting how hyperprotective parents can manipulate their concern for their children's security to justify excessive control. This epidemic is fueled by cluster B personality pathology and the willingness to use fear as a means of exerting power.

    The Jordan B. Peterson Podcast

    Epidemics and Delusions | Dr. Steve Templeton | EP 366
  4. Focus on Appearance of Safety Over Real Safety: In some instances, the emphasis is more on the appearance of safety rather than actual safety measures. This approach can result in policies and actions that are more about showing concern than effectively managing actual risks, as described by Dr. Templeton during a pandemic situation 4.

These discussions highlight that while safety is crucial, its overemphasis can lead to negative consequences such as excessive control, delayed maturity, unbalanced risk management, and a prioritization of appearance over genuine safety measures.