A mass psychosis is an epidemic of madness and it occurs when a large portion of a society loses touch with reality and descends into delusions. Such a phenomenon is not a thing of fiction. Two examples of mass psychoses are the American and European witch hunts 16th and 17th centuries and the rise of totalitarianism in the 20th century.
What is it? How does is start? Are we experiencing one right now?
“Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.”
One-third of women said they had considered leaving or downshifting their careers—either temporarily or altogether—over the past year, while 27% of men said the same. And 40% of both men and women said they had contemplated switching to another employer.
A big reason, she says, is that women are still shouldering much of the unpaid work at home. Meanwhile, female managers, especially, have become linchpins in supporting other employees though the pandemic, the data shows. Across the board, people who reported to women were more likely to say their boss checked in on their well-being, helped them navigate work-life challenges and ensured their workloads were manageable. Yet more than a third of companies surveyed said that work goes largely unrecognized in performance reviews or otherwise.
“When you add it all up, it’s not surprising that women are asking, ‘What’s the return on investment of my job, what’s the best use of my time?’ ” Ms. Yee says.
Christia Spears Brown, Professor of Psychology, University of Kentucky
Christia Spears Brown does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organization that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.
Facebook officials had internal research in March 2020 showing that Instagram – the social media platform most used by adolescents – is harmful to teen girls’ body image and well-being but swept those findings under the rug to continue conducting business as usual, according to a Sept. 14, 2021, Wall Street Journal report.
Facebook’s policy of pursuing profits regardless of documented harm has sparked comparisons to Big Tobacco, which knew in the 1950s that its products were carcinogenic but publicly denied it into the 21st century. Those of us who study social media use in teens didn’t need a suppressed internal research study to know that Instagram can harm teens. Plenty of peer-reviewed research papers show the same thing.
Life is your adventure. Be bold. Stay curious. Take chances. You will be tested. Challenges are opportunities for growth. How you react to them, makes the difference. You are stronger than you realize. Your mileage may vary. Your experiences are meant be unique. Do what’s right. Do good. Be kind to others. And also to yourself. Your life is the destination. Enjoy the ride. You are limited to one.
It seems obvious, but it must be stated
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