Existential Dread -- try Tylenol!

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Existential Dread -- try Tylenol!

#1  Postby kennyc » Mar 11, 2014 9:40 pm

Huh?

Experiencing existential dread? Tylenol may do the trick
Date:
April 16, 2013
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Association for Psychological Science

Summary:
Thinking about death can cause us to feel a sort of existential angst that isn't attributable to a specific source. Now, new research suggests that acetaminophen, an over-the-counter pain medication, may help to reduce this existential pain.

Thinking about death can cause us to feel a sort of existential angst that isn't attributable to a specific source. Now, new research suggests that acetaminophen, an over-the-counter pain medication, may help to reduce this existential pain.

The research is published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.
According to lead researcher Daniel Randles and colleagues at the University of British Columbia, the new findings suggest that Tylenol may have more profound psychological effects than previously thought:
"Pain extends beyond tissue damage and hurt feelings, and includes the distress and existential angst we feel when we're uncertain or have just experienced something surreal. Regardless of the kind of pain, taking Tylenol seems to inhibit the brain signal that says something is wrong."
Randles and colleagues knew from previous research that when the richness, order, and meaning in life is threatened -- with thoughts of death, for instance -- people tend to reassert their basic values as a coping mechanism.
The researchers also knew that both physical and social pain -- like bumping your head or being ostracized from friends -- can be alleviated with acetaminophen. Randles and colleagues speculated that the existentialist suffering we face with thoughts of death might involve similar brain processes. If so, they asked, would it be possible to reduce that suffering with a simple pain medicine?
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Re: Existential Dread -- try Tylenol!

#2  Postby Kenaz » Mar 11, 2014 10:03 pm

I can think of a lot of better solutions to your existence if you don't value it or can't face it...

Religion? Nah. That was so last century. Try Tylenol!

How about people face their issues, go after what they need, and instead of fearing death -- seek to avoid it.
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