We all know that social justice warriors love to complain. Turns out, there may be a scientific reason behind their insufferable whininess. (PJ Media)
It turns out there may be an actual scientific explanation for why SJWs just can’t deal. It’s called “neuroplasticity.” Neuroplasticity is the word scientists use to describe the fact that the brain is malleable. Until fairly recently, scientists believed that the adult brain was immutable. But this isn’t true at all. Research in the past ten years or so has proven that our thoughts can literally reshape our brains. Norman Doidge, a psychiatrist and author of The Brain That Changes Itself, says that the brain can “rewire” itself to “cure previously incurable obsessions and trauma.”
So, what does this have to do with SJWs? Well, apparently complaining is one of the things that rewires your brain — for the worse. Dr. Rick Hanson, a neuroscientist who authored the book Buddha’s Brain, explains that “negative stimuli produce more neural activity than do equally intensive positive ones. They are also perceived more easily and quickly.” This is sometimes called “negativity bias,” meaning that our brains give more weight to negative things than positive ones.
The more you complain, the more you want to complain, and believe there’s something worth complaining about. This type of fixation on things we perceive as negative is called “rumination.” Margaret Wehrenberg, a licensed psychologist and author of The 10 Best-Ever Depression Management Techniques, explains that rumination is “repetitively going over a thought or a problem without completion.” She says that the brain creates “neural networks” to help us remember things. When we begin to fixate on something negative, the brain lights up what Wehrenberg calls the “‘woe is me’ network” and we begin to wallow in negativity. “Brain chemistry makes it hard to switch to another perspective to find the way out of problems, so rumination intensifies. Both anxiety and depression are then reinforced,” says Wehrenberg.
Now, obviously these scientists aren’t actually studying SJWs, but you’ve got to admit all this “negativity bias”/“rumination” stuff sounds a lot like them, right? I mean take Jana Schmieding, for example. She’s a “comedic writer, performer and educator” who has devoted her entire life to complaining about how her fatness is other people’s fault. In an article for HuffPost, she goes on at length about how unfair it was that she got kicked off a ride at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter because she was so fat that her safety belt couldn’t click into place properly. “While ‘safety’ is often the given reason that fat people are excluded, it’s clear to us that companies are actually just keeping the general public safe from our fatness,” she writes. (She gives no evidence for this in her article.)
For social justice warriors there’s a simple – not necessarily easy – way to break this vicious cycle: start thinking positively. Perhaps that will happen shortly after pigs fly. Meantime, it wouldn’t hurt to invest in a pair of noise-canceling headphones.
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