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Thread: Is there such a thing as politically triggered insanity?

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    Is there such a thing as politically triggered insanity?

    I've been pondering whether or not to even post this question out of fear that it could cause unintended offense however, I decided to put it out there just to see if anyone else agrees with me.

    It seems every election cycle otherwise normal people go off the deep end a month or so before election day especially if polls show their candidate is behind in the polls. This election year wasn't so bad because supporters on both sides had polling data that showed they were ahead and conveniently ignored polls showing they were losing. In hindsight, this was probably one of the best things to happen this election year. But 2008, OMG! Who left the doors unlocked at the insane asylum? I remember being at lunch with a co-worker. Somebody made the tragic mistake of saying even though he wasn't going to vote for him, one of the candidates would at least be a positive role model if elected. The guy came within moments of a likely police involved breakdown ready to start throwing dishes across a crowded restaurant. Most manifestations are less volatile but still might include:

    -Sadness and depression
    -Outrage and fits of anger
    -Directing hatred toward family members and lifelong friends
    -Donating unreasonably huge amounts of money to campaigns and/or PACs to try to get a candidate elected jeopardizing one's own or one's children's financial security

    all motivated by politics.
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    Re: Is there such a thing as politically triggered insanity?

    Quote Originally Posted by Smeagol View Post

    .....all motivated by politics.
    That is where your argument derails.

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    Re: Is there such a thing as politically triggered insanity?

    Yes, there is, but it's probably just a response to high levels of stress hormone utilization and release. When you become too obsessed about anything, including politics, it screws up your stress responses.
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    Re: Is there such a thing as politically triggered insanity?

    Yes it is called politcal extremism. its when you can no longer see beyond your own nose as to any virtue of an alternate point of view. This is not limited to poltics but extend into most philosophises or ways of thinking. Keeping in mind that insanity is a legal term the psychological term is Bizarre Delusion only in this case is broaches on psychotic .,
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    Re: Is there such a thing as politically triggered insanity?

    All you need is to go through the various threads and posts though out this forum to answer the OP's question.

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    Re: Is there such a thing as politically triggered insanity?

    Quote Originally Posted by wolfman24 View Post
    Yes it is called politcal extremism. its when you can no longer see beyond your own nose as to any virtue of an alternate point of view. This is not limited to poltics but extend into most philosophises or ways of thinking. Keeping in mind that insanity is a legal term the psychological term is Bizarre Delusion only in this case is broaches on psychotic .,


    I for one think some people do in fact go a little crazy during election season. It doesn't mean they need to be locked away necessarily but I do think some of the political culture qualifies as emotionally/mentally imbalanced. We all accept the fact that part of the human condition is susceptibility to physical illness; anything for a mild cold or headache on one end to serious conditions on the other. All of us come down with something physical every now and then. Likewise, I think mental illness from mild to severe is also a part of the human condition and politics can bring it out in some people.

    Most of which I think I see is mild but I do get concerned when I think people are suffering from dangerous levels of politically motivated imbalance. One of the big advertisers on political talk shows are doomsday prepper services:

    -Storing seeds so that when the world comes to an end you can grow your own vegetables
    -Pondwater filtration products
    -Food dehydration products
    -Buy gold at record high prices when the conventional wisdom is to sell it when its high and buy it when its cheap, etc.

    What REALLY concerns me is the stockpiling of weapons and ammunition that is going on right now.
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    Re: Is there such a thing as politically triggered insanity?

    Unfortunately from what i have seen on this site since the elecction it is not limited to just that it is much more pervasive. Most bizarre delusions are limted to one subject or idea, but some people on this site have let it prevade thier entire outlook. That is not healthy from a psychological standpoint.
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    Re: Is there such a thing as politically triggered insanity?

    Quote Originally Posted by Smeagol View Post
    I've been pondering whether or not to even post this question out of fear that it could cause unintended offense however, I decided to put it out there just to see if anyone else agrees with me.

    It seems every election cycle otherwise normal people go off the deep end a month or so before election day especially if polls show their candidate is behind in the polls. This election year wasn't so bad because supporters on both sides had polling data that showed they were ahead and conveniently ignored polls showing they were losing. In hindsight, this was probably one of the best things to happen this election year. But 2008, OMG! Who left the doors unlocked at the insane asylum? I remember being at lunch with a co-worker. Somebody made the tragic mistake of saying even though he wasn't going to vote for him, one of the candidates would at least be a positive role model if elected. The guy came within moments of a likely police involved breakdown ready to start throwing dishes across a crowded restaurant. Most manifestations are less volatile but still might include:

    -Sadness and depression
    -Outrage and fits of anger
    -Directing hatred toward family members and lifelong friends
    -Donating unreasonably huge amounts of money to campaigns and/or PACs to try to get a candidate elected jeopardizing one's own or one's children's financial security

    all motivated by politics.
    Politics invokes extreme emotion in all people some of the time, and some people most of the time. Based on many of the threads and posts in this forum and my personal experience, it appears to be twofold.

    1. The very strong beliefs of the personís political religion: conservative, liberal etc. There are probably a very few that are really neutral.

    2. The very personal way people take opposing positions. It's as though there is a personal attack on them every time someone disagrees with them.

    I personally was sad, angry and very disappointed election night, but found out the next day that I would survive. And since I'm getting bored with movies, I might start watching the news tonight.

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    Re: Is there such a thing as politically triggered insanity?

    Quote Originally Posted by wolfman24 View Post
    Unfortunately from what i have seen on this site since the elecction it is not limited to just that it is much more pervasive. Most bizarre delusions are limted to one subject or idea, but some people on this site have let it prevade thier entire outlook. That is not healthy from a psychological standpoint.
    I wasn't thinking about anybody on this site but people I see and know.
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    Re: Is there such a thing as politically triggered insanity?

    Quote Originally Posted by Smeagol View Post
    I wasn't thinking about anybody on this site but people I see and know.
    same same. This site is a subset of our society.
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