by Michelle LeBlanc
My new friend has a saying, "Respond, don't react," she says. It took me a while to really understand that. Then I look at the news and I see all these people throwing garbage cans through windows with bandit masks on. People are ANGRY.
But this isn't the first time. People got angry when ObamaCare came out - even if they didn't know it was the same as the ACA. People got angry when they heard rumors about a sex ring I guess Hillary and Bill were running in a convenient store ... fortunately that turned out to be just a rumor. Unfortunately people believed it. People got angry at the Planned Parenthood and abandoned their good Christian upbringing to bomb it, assault other people and threaten the lives of the doctors.
How does this happen? And what takes that person from anger to acting out in violence? Would they do that even if they were in, say, a good mood or not at a protest?
Maybe... however... just maybe.... And this is a bold claim: The politicians don't care AND one might say, they do it on purpose!
Anger researcher and author of the Psychology Today blog All the Rage, Ryan Martin, PhD, says in his article Anger is a Swing State, "Although fear and anger are both used in political campaigns, this study shows that anger better motivated participants to click on and read political ads. In this experiment, Ryan exposed Internet users to a randomly assigned political advertisement during the course of routine web browsing. They either received a neutral text, a text evoking anxiety, or a text evoking anger.
The results confirm the idea that politicians have a strong incentive to use emotionally charged communication. It was found the anger-inducing advertisement more than doubled the click rate of the political advertisement. From a financial perspective, a campaign should use anger in their ads to increase the impact of those ads."
Soooooo, who's controlling who here? Who has the bigger brain? We do America.. Yes, we do! Let's remember to take some time and vet all this wild and crazy news flying around and remember who we are on our best days every day.