May 15, 2007

ARE MEDIA AND SOCIAL ATTITUDES adding to psychological stress among police even when they act properly?

UPDATE: Good point:

The media add psychological stress to everyone. There’s a growing sense of unreality in the news and in society in general. The public perception is that “nothing should ever go wrong”. And when it does, someone has acted evilly, is guilty, and must be punished. . . .

The unreal standard of perfection leads to all manner of psychological stress. When something is consistently imperfect, the new way of dealing with it is to invent paranoid conspiracy theories to explain it. It’s easier than determination or resigned longsuffering endurance.

Folks need to be encouraged to simply not watch the news or read newspapers. It’s the most beneficial thing most people can do for their mental health.

Indeed.

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