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  1. TRX says:

    > Histrionic Personality Disorder

    Considering how many people seem to have it, I wonder if “disorder” is the correct term… the perpetually outraged, the helicopter parents, the angry people who stomp around looking for things to rant about. They’re all over the place.

    1. With regard to psychiatric disorders, most are actually syndromes; groups of symptoms that are categorized as a disease, rather than a disease that has an underlying pathology.

      The point being that without a coherent theory of mind psychiatry finds itself in a difficult position of having to use correlations for diagnosis rather than diagnosis based on causation.

      Sorry this is a very short answer to a very complex question and T&CA, E&OE and as always YMMV.

  2. Larry Nelson says:

    This whole of media in a 24 hour news cycle has a histrionic disorder. Even print media has caught it in headline writing. Politicians are no longer described as responding to proposals of the other party, they “attack” them. And then “outrage” ensues. Overstatements such as these do not contribute to civil discourse and cheapen those circumstances where morale outrage is a suitable response.

  3. Brian Tkatch says:

    Love odd lots thanx!

    btw, the link for talking doll misses the last letter of “doll”

  4. Ken D. says:

    Re: flying Pinto

    In The Color Encyclopedia of Incredible Airplanes, by Philip Jarret (London: Dorling Kindersley, 2006). there is, as I recall, a chapter on an automobile/airplane that actually worked. The book’s gone back to the library, so I can’t check, but it wasn’t so long ago that I’m likely to misremember. It’s a fun book, though, and gives a very interesting picture of the evolution of airplanes and air travel.

    p. 58: “[In the early 1900s], the chief engineer was almost always the chief test pilot as well. That had the fortunate result of eliminating poor engineering early in aviation.”—Igor Sikorsky

  5. Always remember that the media is in the business of selling your eyeballs to advertisers, and (ideally) charging you for the privilege. If they need histrionics to do it? Not a problem. Nothing new here. The late 19th century yellow press basically started the Spanish American war on the flimsiest of pretexts. It sold newspapers.


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