Rabbi Shea Hecht, an author on Jewish psychiatric interventions and cults, has weighed in on the Mic Drop trend. In a conversation with CrownHeights.info, he firmly rejected the Mic Drop events, making strong arguments that they will hurt many people.
With the Mic Drop trend quickly gaining momentum, and the recent controversy over a Mic drop event that had been planned to include local people, much confusion has reigned over what effects might result from such an event.
Rabbi Shea Hecht, author and Rabbi with experience in psychiatric therapies and cults, spoke with CrownHeights.info over the issues and unforeseen consequences of these types of events.
“The issue with the Mic Drop is that it simply doesn’t work,” said Rabbi Hecht. “All literature and studies have shown that these types of events do not work. If the participants were told that by speaking at such an event it would help them become better speakers, then they were mislead.”
Rabbi Hecht continued on to explain that these forms of therapies have been proven not only to have no positive effect, but rather to have long lasting damaging effects.
When someone gets up in public and speaks of their inner struggles and thoughts, they have given power over themselves to others, Rabbi Hecht warned. Similar to a cult, the Mic Drop hands the persons inner fears to others, and provides no protection.
Unlike group therapy sessions, which are guided by a professional psychiatrist, and information remains private, the Mic Drop event is run by a man with no background in psychiatry. The information shared at these events are not only public, and are disseminated on YouTube for public viewing.
Hashem has given humans being the important safeguard that others have no knowledge of their inner thoughts. The Mic Drop attempts to break that safety net, spreading a persons inner thoughts into the public sphere.
Rabbi Hecht went on to warn of an even greater issue that can emerge from that sharing. The damage that such a release of private information may cause, can have many unforeseen consequences. Private family information can hinder many from finding a shidduch, while such an open forum of thoughts, can brand a family and leave a stain that can last for generations.
We all have personal issues and problems, but they are personal and should not be shared publicly. Problems and issues are much more successfully addressed with professional counselors, mashpi’im and therapists. Rabbi Hecht drew a parallel to this with the concept of public confessions, something that is soundly rejected in our community.
As in anything in the Frum community, a Rav should be consulted, regarding questions pertaining to Halacha.