The Consequences of Political Anxiety
Political anxiety is sweeping the nation. My experience as a psychoanalyst for three decades is that not only my generally anxious patients but the larger population has become so anxious about the choices before us that it is interfering with an ability to make sound choices. When a person is so anxious it’s not the time to make clear-headed decisions. Yet the time to decide is now.
The resilience to political debate seems to be declining rapidly as the weeks go by. Instead of words like reasoning, negotiation, tolerance of diversity, and collaboration, requiring complex thinking we are hearing descriptors that are without careful ideation like killer, fascist, crook, liar,