Apparently, life is turning into a stress-filled boil infected by the T-Rump. A new report by the American Psychological Association paints the election as culprit of our tension.
Lead author Archy de Berker (PsychologyToday): ‘“Our experiment allows us to draw conclusions about the effect of uncertainty on stress. It turns out that it’s much worse not knowing you are going to get a shock than knowing you definitely will or won’t. We saw exactly the same effects in our physiological measures – people sweat more and their pupils get bigger when they are more uncertain.”‘
Face the music, sort of…
(Illustration: Donald Trump, ‘Basic Shapes,‘ by caricaturist/illustrator Chong Jit Leong, found here).
Even in an era of shitty, T-Rump stinks the most. The APA survey shows 57-percent of Americans say the current political climate is a “very” or “somewhat” significant source of their stress, with nearly half laying blame on the outcome of the election.
Some details on the study via Time last Friday:
In the report, which is part of the APA’s annual Stress in America study…72-percent of Democrats said that the results of the election were a significant source of stress, while 26-percent of Republicans said the same.
But overall, two-thirds of people said they were stressed about the future of the country, including nearly 60-percent of Republicans and 76-percent of Democrats.
“There is a level of stress about what’s happening in our nation that seems to transcend the political parties,” says Lynn Bufka, associate executive director of practice research and policy at the APA.
Before the election, the APA conducted a similar survey of Americans and found that 52-percent of people said the 2016 election is a very or somewhat significant source of stress, including 55-percent of registered Democrats and 59-percent of registered Republicans. The latest survey suggests that stress over politics hasn’t abated.
The survey also measured other aspects of stress.
From August 2016 to January 2017, stress over acts of terrorism increased from 51-percent to 59-percent, stress over police violence toward minorities increased from 36-percent to 44-percent and stress over personal safety increased from 29-percent to 34-percent.
The APA says this is the highest percentage of Americans reporting stress over personal safety since the group began asking the question in surveys in 2008.
The big take-away: ‘“People are reporting that they feel tense all the time,” says Kathleen Gildea, a licensed psychotherapist in Atlanta, Georgia, who is not involved in the APA report. “A lot of people tell me, ‘I’m afraid of what’s coming next.’”
Gildea says that in some cases, she’s noticed that political stress has overshadowed the original reasons her clients started coming to her.’
In T-Rump a most-repugnant, and stress-causing ass-wipe…