Do You Suffer From Election Stress Disorder?

rodzrodz Posts: 668 Officer
It's safe to say I know a few who would qualify . . . I'm not going point any fingers but this cycle has been target rich. Although, most of my encounters have been at family or private events and not openly public I'm a little bit surprised by some conversations. I just don't see anger as being a persuasive tool to compel others to switch their political belief. Me? I only have one vote no matter how angry I become and am humbled because of the privilege.

Politics in the wrong part of the brain

National elections are tough times for those of us with a bi-partisan nature. They’re even worse for therapists who try to help people access the Adult brain under stress. (That’s the prefrontal cortex, which regulates impulses and carries out our more profound and humane cognitive functions.) Staying in the Adult brain consistently is hard enough during non-election years. Under stress, the Toddler brain (emotional, all-or-nothing, “Mine! No!”) hijacks the Adult brain, impairing its ability to take other perspectives, weigh evidence, see nuance, plan for the future, and create value and meaning. The Toddler brain is highly susceptible to emotional contagion; toddlers take on whatever negative emotions are around them, as any parent who has been tense or irritable near one can attest . . .

Have a great Memorial Day!


  • cprcpr Posts: 9,309 Admiral
    This year it too easy to get stressed out about, both are bad, Trump is less so. For you history fans, I think he might compare to Claudius.
    "The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function." F. Scott Fitzgerald

    "Prediction is very difficult, especially if it's about the future." Niels Bohr
  • GardawgGardawg Posts: 8,620 Admiral
    the TV has an off switch

    that's the skeeter in the room that's driving you batty ... **** piece of furniture never stops talking ... I don't put up with that from a human much less a box
    “Today a young man on acid realized that all matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration, that we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively, there is no such thing as death, life is only a dream, and we are the imagination of ourselves.

    Heres Tom with the Weather.”
  • Baits OutBaits Out Posts: 12,331 AG
    Plus, you ever tried to watch local TV news?

    Three minutes of news in between five minutes of
    repetitive advertisements -- mostly by car dealers
    in this area.

    Don't know which is going to wear out first, my
    Mute button or channel switch.

    OFF is always popular when I finally get fed-up.


    A southeast Florida laid back beach bum and volunteer bikini assessor who lives on island time. 
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