Monday, March 14, 2016

Political Overreactions in the News

Somewhat against my better judgment, I'm going political again.

Two things come to mind: the report by psychologists that people are complaining of symptoms of "Trump anxiety." Now anxiety, or angst, refers to feelings about unease about some aspect of life, that might be a perceived threat. For example, I'm not very keen about bungee jumping. Does that merit me a label of "anxiety disorder" from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual? Nope. I think that the same applies to these people. All that the psychologists are implying is that Donald Trump is a source of unease for these patients who cannot predict what the near election and its aftermath will bring. They may well be grasping reality very well.

So chill, you all. There's not a likelihood of Trump anxiety disorder appearing in Diagnostic and Statistical Manual VI. Any more than earlier Diagnostic and Statistical Manuals needed Y2K Anxiety Disorder.

A closely related example is that Google reported a big uptick in web searches for living in Canada or obtaining Canadian citizenship. This supposedly indicates a panic reaction to the post-election political and social climate.

Actually, some people might have emigrated to Canada to avoid the draft in the 10's; but relatively few.

Back in the 1860's and 1870's about 20,000 former Confederates migrated to Brazil, leading to an ethnic group around Sao Paulo referred to as the Confederados. At the time, the South's economy was gone, the infrastructure was in the toilet, and there was widespread starvation. Not to mention armed straggling goons from both sides roaming about the landscape. But I don't see large numbers of people being so disaffected now as to migrate like they did in 1865. After all, they would have to substitute hockey or soccer for football in their passions. That would be a real test for fans, especially if the Buckeyes or Tigers or Crimson Tide were in the bowls!









9 comments:

Linda Kay said...

I'm pretty disgusted with the whole political arena, but I haven't "lost it" as yet. This too shall pass.

Cloudia said...

Once again you have exposed something in an entertaining way!

Cloudia said...

Angel; my Hawaii friend Kay wrote an interesting post about her own ethnicity: Do Japanese people say I Love You: http://travelerswife.blogspot.com/2016/03/saying-i-love-you.html

Kay and her husband both grew up in Hawaii. Kay's elderly (J) mother lives with them and is a tie to the past. So this is an interesting post

John Hill said...

I love our northern neighbors but I don't plan on moving anywhere that has a longer winter than I already have to endure.

And I am thinking that a Trump presidency isn't the worst possible outcome of the 2016 elections. I am just truly baffled by the mindless following. He is a charismatic bully, to be sure -- but he is still a bully and has given us nothing other than follow me or else...

Ah well -- we will survive.

Duckbutt said...

I figure -- we will survive any stupidity that is thrown at us from any direction. Metaphorically, I'm putting on my helmet.

Mike said...

It's too cold in Canada and too hot in Mexico. Looks like I'm stuck here.

Dixie@dcrelief said...

There's always "Marshall Law," which would stop the election... quite a sobering thought, eh?

Brandi said...

The green and yellow confederate flag is neat too.

Bilbo said...

I tend to agree with Mike, although Pennsylvania looks pretty good except for the winter.