01) Neuroimaging study finds intolerance of uncertainty is linked to an enlarged striatum in the brain
“People who struggle with the ambiguity of the future tend to have a larger striatum, according to new neuroimaging research published in the journal Emotion.
The study found people who had difficulty tolerating an uncertain future had a greater volume of gray matter within the striatum, a brain structure that plays an important role in decisions, movements, and motivations.
“Anxiety (and its co-conspirator ‘worry’) is an active, energy consuming process,” the study’s lead author, M. Justin Kim of Dartmouth College, told PsyPost. “You haven’t given up – you are still fighting back, trying to anticipate what might happen tomorrow. The problem of course is that there are an infinite number of ‘what if…’ scenarios you can come up with. For some individuals, the uncertainty of what ‘might happen’ tomorrow, is actually worse than the negative event itself actually happening. These individuals are intolerant of uncertainty.”
“We were interested in how uncertainty and ambiguity of potential future threat contribute to the generation of anxiety and how they might be represented in our brain. In the psychology literature, how we deal with an uncertain future can be quantified as intolerance of uncertainty (IU). As is the case with any other personality characteristic, we all have varying degrees of IU. For example, individuals high in IU display difficulty accepting the possibility of potential negative events in the future. Importantly, psychiatric disorders such as generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) or obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), whose symptoms are marked with worrying/obsessing, are commonly associated elevated IU.”
01) Crazed Republican Candidate Says We Should Kill The Poor And Disabled
“In a Facebook post that has since been deleted, a Republican candidate for Oklahoma governor suggested euthanizing the poor and the disabled in order to cut down on the amount of money spent on programs like food stamps. Christopher Barnett claims that he didn’t write the post, but it was on his official Facebook page for his campaign. Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins explains.
Old news…but, very inspirational, watching a politician getting his ass chewed out…by someone he has betrayed.
01) Rep. Tom MacArthur faces enraged husband over health care bill (Full confrontation)
“Geoff Ginter, a certified medical assistant from Pine Beach and whose wife had cancer, took to the microphone to angrily confront MacArthur at a Willingoboro, N.J. town hall meeting. MacArthur is credited as reviving the Republican health care bill. (Source: C-Span)”
01) Trump Supporters Admit They Were “Stupid” & “Tricked By The Devil” As They Face Financial Ruin
“Many Trump supporters in the Midwest are starting to realize how stupid their decision to vote for Donald really was. And those are the words that THEY are using. They admit to feeling “stupid” and that they were “tricked by the devil” into voting for Trump now that his policies against seasonal guest workers and his trade war with China threaten to destroy local communities and small business owners. Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins discusses this.
“Jordan interviews Independent Florida congressional candidate Tim Canova after a Judge ruled in his favor in a lawsuit he brought against the Broward County Supervisor of Elections after she destroyed the paper ballots from his 2016 primary race against Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz.”