Leftist amygdalae are adapting to stress, and so anxiety is beginning to abate:
‘Trump trauma’ on the way out? Political anxiety appears to be fading, says psychiatric survey
During the 2016 presidential election, there was much talk in the press about “pre-election stress disorder,” “post-election stress disorder,” “collective stress,” “election anxiety,” “Trump trauma” and other conditions found among Americans who were dithering over the election itself, and the unexpected victory of President Trump.
Therapists offered advice. Democrats ramped up angry rhetoric. Safe spaces were all the rage. So what’s the prognosis these days — over 17 weeks into Mr. Trump’s presidency?
None other than the American Psychiatric Association has polled the nation on the subject of toxic politics. Here’s what they found:
“Americans are split on whether they are anxious about the impact of politics on their lives (51 percent are, 49 percent are not),” reports the organization. “However, relatively few, 16 percent, say they are extremely anxious…
The group also found that Americans are edgy about a few other things.
Almost two-thirds nation are anxious about keeping themselves and their family “safe.” Another 63 percent worry about their health while 56 percent are anxious about paying bills and expenses. Less than half — 46 percent — are anxious about their relationships with family, friends and coworkers…
But the public seems to be keeping it together, sort of: 41 percent say their anxiety level is the same as it was last year, 36 percent are more anxious, 20 percent less anxious.
This is the beginning of the K-shift, and the mark of the end of the r-selection which was making leftists so sensitive. People are adapting to minor stresses, and focusing on safety, resource availability, and other mortal salience issues like health. It would indicate that despite President Trump’s inroads on the economy, the K-stimuli of Obama have a certain momentum to them, and r has not yet returned.
Regardless, leftist amygdalae are adapting to stress, and that is a good thing on many levels. Firstly, this will reduce the oppositional forces to the Presidency of Donald Trump. Amygdala is what will drive the opposition to the President to get to the polls and oppose him on election day. Amygdala is what will funnel money into the Democratic National Committee. As amygdala dies, all of those oppositional forces begin to dry up.
The other thing going on is that amygdalae are getting used to tolerating that first burst of aversive stimulus. That is what will stop the reactive, immediate need to assuage the agony in front of people, and allow them to weigh present agony vs future agony when making decisions. That opens the door to making logical long-term decisions weighed toward the future, rather than emotional short term decisions weighed toward the present. That initial amygdala tolerance, and the amygdala development underlying it, is the foundation of people opening their eyes to the conservative ideology.
This is the K-shift, and it is all due to the aggressive, confrontational, K-style of President Trump which the Cucks and the leftists have so ardently objected to.
They key to it is the constancy. Animals exposed to stress intermittently actually become sensitized to it. Three times a day, at random times, bang on the cage of a rat repeatedly, and the rat will become neurotic and hyper-reactive to the banging. But put the rat in a cage, and begin banging on it steady, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with no stop, and the rat’s amygdala will adapt to ignore the banging. After a while, it won’t even register it, just like you don’t feel the watch on your wrist. President Trump is the equivalent of that 24/7 banging for liberal amygdalae, and as a result, they are beginning to adapt to the idea that things they don’t like are happening, and they have to adapt to them.
As this baseline is set, President Trump will be able to scale back the banging slightly around the time of the election, and leftist amygdalae may actually shut off, and reduce opposition to him even more. Of course the left will try to amp up the anxiety, and they may somewhat, but if by then President Trump has inured amygdalae to it, there will be little the DNC leadership will be able to do to motivate real opposition. I suspect this may have been partly why Reagan had such a massive reelection victory. By the time the 84 election came, the left was completely demoralized by Reagan’s actions, and the public’s support for him. They no longer had the amygdala. Demoralization is literally worn out amygdalae.
Which might also point to a good way to amp up the amygdala stress on the leftists. Between now and 2020, the images of President Trump surrounded by an adoring populace and important people, at signing ceremonies, rallies, and elsewhere will drive the left wild, and desensitize them even more to the stresses which would otherwise mobilize the 2020 opposition. We need more of those stimuli to make the left feel constantly out-grouped.
If this continues to be played right, you will be looking at a Reagan-esque blowout in 2020.
Spread r/K Theory, because liberals will desensitize to it