From 2019-2022 I studied forensic psychology with the Open University, and during my time there I experienced a series of attacks and attitudinal obstacles which added great tribulation to my already vulnerable life.
As someone diagnosed with mental health problems, I knew that studying an academic degree was not going to be easy; however, I never expected to experience the levels of fascism and even nazism emerging from the staff. Nazism? you may be asking, but that is exactly what they promoted through their curriculum.
As someone who comes from a lineage of holocaust survivors, I felt in incredible pain when the university told me I had no choice but to get on with using (like everyone else) the IBM SPSS software. I explained to them that the company IBM was directly involved in the orchestration of the Jewish, European holocaust. Instead of responding empathically, a tutor critically said that my behaviour was ’emotional’ as if such was a negative human trait. It was and continues to be my impression that being callous and unemotional was the true social problem, not my behaviour.
I asked them to please allow me to use Jamovi, a Linux-based alternative software which did all the work the IBM SPSS software did. They were extremely and oddly fixated on the brand IBM, more so than about the social repercussions the situation had on me. They decided to become authoritarian and banned me from the student forums; and eventually they refused to educate me or to allow me to finish my degree with them.
Needless to say, I was shattered, and to this day I am still recovering from the Nazi traumas they imprinted on my soul forever. All I wanted was to become a forensic psychologist. Nevertheless, they were nazi, cruel, and callous in every single one of their decision-making processes; ultimately leaving a Jew in limbo and consciously breaching a vulnerable individual’s human right to education in the process without any empathy or remorse. Perhaps that’s how they teach their students about psychopathy; that is, by becoming themselves the destructive force which ruins lives.