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Nihilistic Reactionism

Posted on 2013.06.09 at 00:00
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Anger short circuits the neural pathways used in thinking, so everything automatically gets simplified in your mind, becomes either black or white; and as everyone knows, the world is hardly ever black or white.*

I am accused of "not caring" quite a bit. Awkwardly one person I know wants me to get "angry" and have an emotional reaction to "prove" that I care - so my observations may be a bit skewed to some people. I suppose that if one gently walks the paths of the mind and carefully considers the fascinating differences (or even understands that there are differences) between what one thinks, and how one feels, that would make sense to most people. Unless under duress - when something like the above would really be important - then all bets are off. FIGHT OR FLIGHT is a layman's term for a physiological survival response, its not an excuse for bad behavior.

I recently attended a class in which emotional control and mindfullness were paramount in the discussion. I tried to keep my jaw from dropping when an overwhelming majority admitted they were incapable of controlling (what was essentially their) rage nor could they stop themselves from doing so in any number of repeatable situations. I am unsure I would give anyone that level of control over my emotions. These are they type of people I fear. Why?

Imagine in a conversation someone is ignorant of a piece of information - what is their default reaction going to be? Imagine having a pleasant exchange, when suddenly there is a misunderstanding - what is their default reaction going to be? I have started putting into an entirely different category those who express rage as a default reaction for something they don't understand. Anger is essential for survival, but disagreement with a point of view is hardly a survival issue, nor an acceptable opening for rage.

This is where I've toyed with something I can only think to call nihilistic reactionism. Its not that I don't care - I do - probably far more than most. I simply don't react externally - and only a fool would believe (there's that word again) the two mutually exclusive. What a silly world where people believe things based on emotional reactions rather than their words and deeds! And there's a name for that.

Introducing my newest hierarchical progression model:


michelle1963 at 2013-06-09 05:24 (UTC) (Link)
Fight or flight. Yes every student is taught in basic biology that this manifests when a hungry tiger is chasing someone down for its dinner. When did misunderstanding, not getting one's way, a change of events, etc., become a reasonable reaction in the same vein as being chased by a hungry tiger? What is so "life-threatening" about these situations that make rage seem like a viable reaction?

Really? What are you? Like two?

Edited at 2013-06-09 05:25 am (UTC)
michelle1963 at 2013-06-09 05:24 (UTC) (Link)
Cool graphic, btw!
suzanne1945 at 2013-06-09 13:25 (UTC) (Link)
Anger and rage have never served me well. In an unknown, disappointing, or adversarial circumstance, a situation where one needs to think clearly, why would one want to cloud their ability to deal with it using irrationality. The lack of expressed anger, rage, or even grief is no indicator of how deeply one feels.
pcofwildthings at 2013-06-10 01:25 (UTC) (Link)
Anger does not always equal rage, for me. I rarely rage, but when I'm angry, I get a lot of shit done. In that situation, anger is, in a sense, motivating, but I am probably just using increased physical activity to diffuse the emotional charge.

This morning, my husband used a steam mop on the floor, but he dumped concentrated floor cleaner, full strength, onto the pad first. While he was beaming with pride at having done the job, my socks were stuck to the soap residue on the floor. I was angry but not enraged. [Disappointment/real failure + unmet expectations + discovering unknown data (the improper use of soap)]. I used that anger as I kept (mostly) silent and re-mopped that MF-g floor three times to get all the soap up. By the time the floor was done, I felt better.
ehowton at 2013-06-10 03:11 (UTC) (Link)
ROFLMAO! You are absolutely right - I failed to consider, "ALL OF THE ABOVE SIMULTANEOUSLY" as an actual, real-world scenario!

God that cracked me up.
pcofwildthings at 2013-06-10 03:38 (UTC) (Link)
I swear sometimes there's a whole 'nother Pyramid of Dumb up in here.
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