There’s something innately curious in all of us. Something that wants to see things happen, it doesn’t matter what, it’s just a question of whether it can. In fact, there’s an entire subreddit dedicated to this, and whether people visit it out of morbid curiosity or because they want support, it’s got quite the following. In fact, there are currently people posting about their house literally catching fire and burning down.
A part of me wants to see it simply because I want to know what that looks like. Don’t you know what that feels like? It’s just morbid fascination with the possibilities, and besides. There’s always that one selfish part of us that wants to know things are okay for us, even when they’re bad, because there are people out there who have it terrible. Does that make us bad people? No, it doesn’t, because it’s not something we have any control over. See for yourself, it’s hard to look away.
#1 Forgot My Headphones On The Ground While The Roomba Was Running
NBC News covered a really interesting phenomenon;
You’re stuck in a traffic jam on the highway. As you creep along at a snail’s pace, you can see that there are police cars up ahead. There has been an accident, and although the cars that collided are off to the side and not obstructing the road whatsoever, each car that passes by slows down to observe the damage — and you’re no exception.
#2 Our Puppy Had Explosive Diarrhea All Over My Wife
#3 Allergic To Almost Everything On The Allergy Skin Test. Some Of It Was So Swollen The Doctor Could Barely Tell Which Was Which
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What happens to our brains when we see destruction? According to Dr. John Mayer, clinical psychologist at Doctor On Demand, the process is one that actually triggers our survival instincts. “A disaster enters into our awareness — this can be from a live source such as driving by a traffic accident or from watching a news report about a hurricane, a plane crash or any disaster,” he explains. “This data from our perceptual system then stimulates the amygdala (the part of the brain responsible for emotions, survival tactics and memory). The amygdala then sends signals to the regions of the frontal cortex that are involved in analyzing and interpreting data. Next, the brain evaluates whether this data (awareness of the disaster) is a threat to you, thus judgment gets involved. As a result, the ‘fight or flight’ response is evoked.”
#4 Friend Of Mine Posted This Photo Of The Job Site Today
#5 Was Looking Forward To Having Some Nice Bread From A Local Bakery
#6 Was Having Valentine’s Day Dinner When I Went Downstairs To Check On Why The Heat Wasn’t Working. Found 4 Feet Of Water Covering The Entire Basement
Ever see a car accident happen and find yourself compelled to Google what happened? Dr. Mayer says this is also our survival instincts at work. “This acts as a preventive mechanism to give us information on the dangers to avoid and to flee from,” he says. Once we go through this process and deem what we’re witnessing a non-threat, psychiatrist Dr. David Henderson says that we continue to stare as a way to face our fears without risking immediate harm.
#7 I Accidentally Put My Leather Gloves In The Washing Machine
#8 Somebody Didn’t Strap The Egg Trolleys In Properly On The Truck. 10,500 Eggs Broken
#9 Aaaand There Go My $300 Headphones
“Witnessing violence and destruction, whether it is in a novel, a movie, on TV or a real life scene playing out in front of us in real time, gives us the opportunity to confront our fears of death, pain, despair, degradation and annihilation while still feeling some level of safety,” he explains. “This sensation is sometimes experienced when we stand at the edge of the Grand Canyon or look through the glass at a ferocious lion at the zoo. We watch because we are allowed to ask ourselves ultimate questions with an intensity of emotion that is uncoupled from the true reality of the disaster: ‘If I was in that situation, what would I do? How would I respond? Would I be the hero or the villain? Could I endure the pain? Would I have the strength to recover?’ We play out the different scenarios in our head because it helps us to reconcile that which is uncontrollable with our need to remain in control.”
#10 Now We Know Who The Favorite Child Is
#11 Last Week I Seeded My Lawn. Just Wanted To Share The Progress It’s Made So Far
#12 Guess Who’s Severely Allergic To Hair Dye? This Girl
#13 This Happened To My Car Today
#14 I Have Lost One Piece Of This 2000 Pieces Puzzle
#15 Feeling Like Kevin From The Office Right Now
#16 The Printer Exploded
Studies have found that our negativity bias is also a driver of why we can’t divert our attention from disasters. One study published by the American Psychological Association found that we react to and learn more from our negative experiences than we do positive ones. “Humans are prone to negative bias and negative potency,” explains psychologist Dr. Renee Carr. “Negative bias is the tendency to automatically give more attention to a negative event and negative information than positive information or events.”
#17 I Paid $6 To Have Two Slices Of American Cheese Delivered To My Door
I was trying to order a plain cheeseburger meal from McDonalds through DoorDash, and so I deselected all the extra stuff (onions, pickles, etc.). Turns out I deselected the Buns and Meat too, so I just paid $6 to have 2 pieces of American Cheese delivered to my apartment.
#18 To Whoever Dumped Their Old Bedframe By TJ’s In Hyde Park Choose A Less Windy Day Next Time So It Doesn’t Get Stuck To The Side Of My House
#19 I Need A File Lost In This Room
#21 It’s Just A Little Ice, It’s Fine
Psychologically, negative events activate our brains more than positive ones. “Negative potency describes the higher amount of psychological arousal that is experienced when a person is exposed to a negative or traumatic event compared with a positive event,” Dr. Carr explains.
#22 Lost My Wallet 3 Days Ago, Finally Ordered New Cards And Then
#23 Grand Rapids, MI Reporter Gets Her New License Plate
#24 I Brought A Bag Of Used Cat Litter With Me To Throw Away On The Way To Work. I Also Brought My Lunch. Guess Which One Came To Work With Me
#25 Hiked Two Hours To Set Up A Picnic, Returned To This
#26 When The Sun’s Out And You Don’t Think It Through
#27 Someone Forgot To Tighten The Hopper On The Corn Train
In addition to getting us thinking about how we’d handle a potential disaster and the risk factors that increase the chance of being involved, Dr. Mayer says there are a few other ways that viewing destruction can actually be beneficial. “The healthy mechanism of watching disasters is that it is a coping mechanism,” he explains. “We can become incubated emotionally by watching disasters and this helps us cope with hardships in our lives. Looking at disasters stimulates our empathy and we are programmed as humans to be empathetic — it is a key psychosocial condition that makes us social human beings.”
#28 Was Confused When It Didn’t Sound Like It Hit The Floor
#29 My Friend Works As An Extra In Movies And Does Stock Photography. Just Saw Him Pictured As An Offender On A Bus In Florida
#30 After A Few Weeks, I Returned To My Apartment
#31 Three AM snack
However, as Dr. Stephen Rosenberg points out, empathy can also have a negative impact when following disasters — especially if you know someone who’s being affected. “Being human and having empathy can make us feel worried or depressed,” he says. “A patient of mine has his family trapped in Puerto Rico. He is following the news closely to monitor events and is waiting to hear from his family after the decimation of the island from the latest hurricane.” Staying glued to this news coverage — especially when someone you know is affected, also activates our negativity bias. “We tend to think negatively to protect ourselves from the reality,” Dr. Rosenberg explains. “If it turns out better, we’re relieved. If it turns out to be worse, we’re prepared.”
#32 Grandma’s Baking Skills Aren’t What They Used To Be
#33 My Dad’s Old Truck Got Hit By A Truck Carrying Old Rotten Potato Slurry To A Feed Lot For Cows. His Passenger Window Was Down
#34 Interventions, not conventions.
#35 My Cat Just Came Back From One Of Her Evening Strolls With Someone Else’s Keys In Her Mouth
#36 My Daughter – Class Of 2020
#37 No reason to go home after this.
The ability to empathize also plays a part in how we’re affected when we see coverage of a disaster that we can relate to. “The more similar the viewer is to the victims of the disaster, the more likely he or she will be to experience anxiety, fear, vicarious trauma, physical complaints and illnesses and decreased daily functioning,” Dr. Carr explains. For example, a study published by the American Psychological Association found that during the Ebola outbreaks, participants living in areas with a high demographic of West African-born residents experienced more symptoms of anxiety than those who didn’t.
#38 My Brother, On The Ride Home From Picking Up His New Puppy
#39 Whipped Myself Into A Frustrated Rage Trying To Find My Drill For Half An Hour
#40 Bakeries just aren’t what they used to be
#41 Priest Accidentally Live-Streamed Mass With Sunglasses And Hat Filter
#42 Regrettable decisions
Even if you’re not directly impacted by a disaster that’s being widely covered on the news, there’s evidence that repeated viewing can have a negative effect on mental health and well being. In a post 9/11 study published by The Journal of Anxiety Disorders, the television viewing habits of 166 children and 84 mothers who had no direct exposure to the attacks were studied. Sixty-eight percent of mothers and 48 percent of children reported increased television viewing in the days following the attacks. The study found that this uptick in viewing predicted an increased risk of PTSD symptoms.
#43 This Is The Worst Picture Ever Taken Of Me
#45 Mistakes were made
#46 When The Bakers Make The Mix Wrong And Don’t Realize Yeast Doesn’t Just Stop Working Because It’s In A Dumpster
#47 Someone was having a day.
#48 Rat Boy’s bot mistakes
#50 I’m 49. Just Found This In My Mum’s Bookcase
What about you? Have you ever had a bad day like this?