Act in spite of emotion, rather than at its whim When we allow insecurity, panic, anger, or despair to decide, a primal fight-or-flight instinct trumps our capacity for empathy and negotiation. To the extent we fail to go toe-to-toe with our own emotional impulses, they’ll go toe-to-toe with the ones we love. Relationship researcher and intimacy guru Dr. David Schnarch concluded, “If you can’t regulate your own emotional temperature, you’ll regulate everyone around you to keep yourself comfortable.” … [Read more...] about Four Relationship Remedies for Quarantined Couples
Indeed, over the past several years, information science researchers have determined that a variant of astroturfing has become a significant online phenomenon. In 2018, George Washington University professor David Broniatowski and his colleagues reported that Twitter bots (automated accounts that promote content) and Russian trolls (fake accounts controlled by Russia’s Internet Research Agency that misrepresent their true identity) have been playing a major role in stoking the flames of online vaccine debates.1 These fake accounts have posted rhetoric from both sides of the debate on social media in an apparent attempt to foment discord and breed dissatisfaction with democracy.2 Now it’s increasingly clear how Russian trolls adopt carefully crafted “thematic personas” on Twitter, masquerading as American citizens who are passionate about various charged political causes.3 … [Read more...] about Make America Open Again: Grassroots Protest or Astroturfing?