Horror in real life: how do you cope?
February 10, 2014 8:19 PM Subscribe
When I encounter stories of egregious abuse or torture or cruelty, I often feel sickened and disturbed for hours or days or until I get used to the fact that yes indeed, someone could (fill in the blank) to another human being or to an animal, and they did.
posted by summer sock to Health & Fitness (19 answers total) 18 users marked this as a favorite
Intellectually, I know that these are anomalies and that I should be more concerned about economic inequality and deforestation and war. Yet stories of isolated cruelty and abuse can send me careening into depression and anxiety, conditions that I am prone to. Sometimes I worry that these things could happen to my friends or to me or to my (adult) children, and yes, I know that this is even less likely than a lightning strike. I do try to avoid these stories, but sometimes I come across them unwittingly -- and sometimes I just click on the damn link despite knowing better. What do healthy, optimistic people tell themselves when they read a true life horror story?