July 17, 2007

The Circle of Misery

Dr Helen reports on a new study that suggests that girls constantly talking about their problems and commiserating each others misery could be...
....co-ruminating...(?)


A researcher at the University of Missouri-Columbia has found that girls who talk very extensively about their problems with friends are likely to become more anxious and depressed.

( 'co-ruminating' sounds like something forbidden in Leviticus...which gives me a hankering  for shrimp)

I assume they are talking about extreme cases but I have observed this sort of thing in female acquaintances.
 
OTOH from my limited observations of female behavior, in it's moderate form it's perfectly natural.

Get some girls who've had something bad occur...they'll talk in circles about it for hours one of 2 things will normally happen...
A: They'll transfer misery between them in ever increasing amounts until  POW!  critical mass is achieved and they have a good cry and thereby make themselves feel better.
...or...
 B: 1 or more little goth girls will be born. *


Read the whole post, which, being written by a well adjusted female clinical Psychologist is notably free of the silly-ass snarking of a lonely bitter man.



* regards B....Note that if something goes horribly wrong...then an Emo kid might be born...which, of course, requires an intervention...


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1 Yeah, I've seen that happen. But I've also seen (with some of my friends) something healthier happen - where, when you start retelling the story, you begin exaggerating it and playing it up for comic effect...and you wind up laughing about the things you were depressed about to begin with. 

Posted by: fillyjonk at Wed Jul 18 11:35:50 2007 (O5SYw)

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