Now, I’m not a trained psychologist or anything – unlike Dr. Helen – but I was under the impression that when you write a letter mentioning how you’re filled with anger and hatred, and you don’t like it:
My reaction to her, and the way the Republican Party threw her in our faces, and the pandering and hypocrisy that was behind their decision to do so, was immediate, visceral, and indeed, vicious. I have crossed every line I believed should never be crossed in public discourse — I have criticized not only her policies and her record, but her hair, her personal style, her accent, her abilities as a mother, etc. I’ve also begun to suffer personally and professionally. I bore my friends with my constant tirades against her, and am constantly distracted from my work by my need to continually update myself on the latest criticism, and indeed, ridicule, of her. In my hatred for her, I have begun to hate myself.
…then the objective is to be given advice on the best way to stop.The objective is not to be told why that anger and hatred is actually fine:
I think what disturbs us about Sarah Palin is that she reminds us of the authoritarian personality.
There’s no point in quoting the rest: it’s pretty much all the same, semantically. Ends with a Greenwald reference, which I didn’t even bother to click through.
I’m going to give out a free, layman-psychology piece of advice to Obama supporters: you need to get this under control. Not for Palin’s sake – she’s clearly getting the better of this emotional exchange than all y’all are – but for your own. You will not be able to turn these feelings off like they were a tap after the election. Hate is a habit, and it will bleed into other parts of your life. And your wives, daughters, mothers, friends, lovers, and coworkers will be a lot less forgiving if you start exhibiting the same sort of behavior towards them that you’re tossing Sarah’s way right now.
But feel free to ignore me.