How to Kill the Tea Party
December 24, 2010
If the Tea Party—or ACORN or the Democratic National Committee or anyone or anything else, for that matter—stays in a perpetual state of heightened negative emotions nothing positive gets accomplished. The gazelle that flees imaginary lions soon dies of exhaustion. As positive emotions researcher Barbara Frederickson puts it: when extreme, prolonged, or contextually inappropriate, negative emotions can trigger a wide array of problems for individuals and for society. Phobias develop out of unchecked fear.