Basically, as technology improves and life gets easier, individuals become “weaker”, thus more things become “threatening” as we have lost our ability to effectively internalize or wave off strife. Hence “trigger warnings”, “safe spaces”, and the dreaded “microaggression”.
A new paper explains how “concept creep” in the field of psychology has reshaped many aspects of modern society.
Source: How ‘Concept Creep’ Made Americans So Sensitive to Harm – The Atlantic
I often wax poetically about the romance of surfing, of waiting in relative solitude among the waves for a good swell. It’s waiting patiently for the next positive rush instead of–in this case–waiting anxiously for the next explosion. It’s a calming effect, like meditation or breathing exercises. Like flying, surfing changed my life, even though I don’t get much chance to practice it anymore. The experience is transcendental, and I’m sure these combat-fatigued vets will find some inner peace on the blue.
There’s no quick fix for post-traumatic stress disorder, but research has shown that surfing’s physicality and flow can give victims some relief and a way forward. The author hit the water with his close friend Brian, a former Navy SEAL whose service in Afghanistan beat up his body, tortured his mind, and pushed him into a zone where violence—against himself or others—seemed inevitable.
Source: Can Surfing Reprogram the Veteran’s Brain? | Outside Online
Anecdotally, I can confirm this. Now, I have empiricism on my side!
The social media site, Facebook, can be an effective tool for connecting with new and old friends. However, some users may find themselves spending quite a bit of time viewing Facebook and may inevitably begin comparing what’s happening in their lives to the activities and accomplishments of their friends.
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