Signalling as sin?

I care therefore I fret.

Ah, but if it’s public for attention, that’s signalling.

The evils of self pity.

Acedia is procrastination.

Rumination causes depression.

To be sick with worry?

Studies for the sycophants.

Yes, SJWs cause their own depression. Instead of taking this as a sign their beliefs are wonky, they’d rather drag you down with them. “Anxiety” is a useful label over “tantrum”. Anxiety has physiological markers of lack of control that a well-timed temper tantrum does not e.g. cardiac. If they go quiet and sulk (resentment, brooding, wrath) when they don’t get the reaction they wanted, that isn’t how anxiety works.

See, rumination only lasts so long before the energy comes back up, to the boil, as rage.

Otherwise, they claim the illness is causing their accurate self-criticism as an excuse to ignore it than correct it. They get worse, duh. Woe is me, woe is me. Very selfish. They’ll compete with other’s problems. You could have cancer and they’d go on about some indistinct bad feeling they have. Energy vampires. But they don’t need to change, perish the thought. Since obviously they’re fucking #flawless (vainglory). The misery is something they perversely enjoy (for the attention and lowered standard)¬†and to inflict as weapon on others.

Literally this meme. Except true. They won’t lift one finger to help themselves, learned helplessness, to force you to do it. That’s cruel, abusive manipulation. To take from others without need. Does their condition magically lift long enough to attend social events they enjoy e.g. festivals, holidays, conventions, theme parks?

Not how mental illness works. Malingering does though.

Maybe they deserve to be abandoned after five hundred times?

Study: Depression as adaptive (good), rumination as causative (bad)

I’ve mentioned before that mental illness is somewhat differentiated from regular medicine in that responsibility isn’t absolved and this is reflected in the treatment plans (therapy and the decision to work and change). This hints that a person could feasibly give themselves depressive symptoms by their rumination habits (I’ve linked to at least one study on rumination and far poorer clinical outcomes before but go nuts on Google) or make their pre-existing depression worse – by choice. We all know people who make a neutral situation bad or who love to wallow in self-pity. Wallowing is pretty close an analogue to rumination. Those people want an excuse not to try.

I think this is about status. If you’re an omega male, is it a wise strategy to confront the alpha of a group? Or would it be wiser to ruminate on your low status, get depressed (in metabolic/energy level) and feel no need to get caught a fight, prolonging your lifespan – possibly long enough to successfully mate?
On the flipside, it comes down to potential, as a TED talk called Can Depression Be Good For You? elucidates;

The way I would explain it is this: if you had no potential, you’d be a happy idiot. Those people are self-actualized doing regular things. We all know the stereotype and anecdotes we’ve met. The stereotype of an unhappy smart person would be the reverse, a person who is low status with the potential to be higher. The depression is compelling them to ruminate on the circumstances which led to this ranking and possibly problem-solve some solutions without the anger that would lead to stupidity or almost certain death in the state of nature.

Et Voila!

“Depression has long been seen as nothing but a problem,” says Paul Andrews, an assistant professor of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour at McMaster. “We are asking whether it may actually be a natural adaptation that the brain uses to tackle certain problems. We are seeing more evidence that depression can be a necessary and beneficial adaptation to dealing with major, complex issues that defy easy understanding.”