Thursday, October 27, 2016

Thursday Thinking - Election Anxiety

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear; or about your country, who wins an election..."  That's not an exact quote, but I think it works pretty well.

David Brooks has written a new piece about this year's anxiety-riddled election season. Take some time to read it and then calm down.

The Epidemic of Worry
by David Brooks

We’ve had a tutorial on worry this year. The election campaign isn’t really about policy proposals, issue solutions or even hope. It’s led by two candidates who arouse gargantuan anxieties, fear and hatred in their opponents.

As a result, some mental health therapists are reporting that three-quarters of their patients are mentioning significant election-related anxiety. An American Psychological Association study found that more than half of all Americans are very or somewhat stressed by this race.


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