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Driving while black, walking while black, shopping while black–the stresses blacks experience through merely existing in an unapologetically white world are well nigh impossible for the privileged to understand. Never knowing when or why the oppressor will strike forces wariness. It causes emotional exhaustion. Little wonder, then, that blacks are more likely to suffer through nervous breakdowns than whites are, while other people of color fall somewhere in between:

Okay, whatever, but it’s not because blacks are more mentally resilient. That’s racist or something. It’s just that the rich are always worried about losing their ill-gotten gains. Mo money, mo problems:

Oh dear. Maybe people–and by extension, groups of people–are different from one another in various ways. Can’t let this little doozy get out:

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  1. It’s not quite the “mo money, mo problems” office scene I’d wanted, but I know you like this A.E.:

  2. This whole country is full of nervous wrecks, right now, and I’d guess the more one shelters in place on the internet, the higher one’s chances of The Big One.

    Supertramp foresaw all this back in 1978:

    I’m feeling so alone now.
    They cut the telephone uh huh.
    Yeah my life is just a mess.

    I threw it all away now.
    I could have made a fortune.
    I lost the craving for success.

    And as the acrobats they tumble,
    so the corn begins to crumble,
    while in the mirror
    she admires a brand new dress.

    Live on the second floor now.
    They’re trying to bust the door down.
    Soon I’ll have a new address.

    So much for liberation.
    They’ll have a celebration.
    Yeah I’ve been under too much stress.

    And as the clouds begin to rumble,
    so the juggler makes his fumble,
    and the sun upon my wall is getting less.

    Don’t, give a damn.
    Fight, while you can.
    Kill, shoot ’em up.
    They’ll run amok.
    Shout, Judas.
    Loud, they’ll hear us.
    Soldier, sailor,
    who’s your tailor?
    They’ll run for cover when they discover
    everyone’s a nervous wreck now.

    I used to think she was so nimble.
    Would have bought her as symbol.
    But now I can’t afford the pen to sign her checks.

    Don’t give a damn……………………….

    They’ll run for cover when they discover
    everyone’s a nervous wreck now.
    Life’s just a bummer. They got your number.
    We’ll give as good as we get now.
    Rise from the gutter, stick with each other.
    We’ll drive ’em over the edge now.
    They’re gonna bleed, that’s what they need.
    We’ll get together and blow their cover.
    We’re ready.
    Yeah we’re ready.
    Yeah we’re ready …

    Wow, I never realized how powerful these lyrics were till today. Great keyboard playing by Rick Davies too.

  3. A123 says:

    Do the numbers reflect those who:

    — Actually approached a nervous breakdown?
    — Willing to admit they approached a nervous breakdown?

    Males of certain groups are not permitted “weakness”.
    ____

    The formulation “have you ever” opens up another huge problem related to age.

    Rightly or wrongly there were some very scary things that the Boomer generation experienced. For example:

    By today’s video game standards it is tame, but there was a time when TV was only three channels.

    PEACE 😷

    • Agree: Achmed E. Newman
    • Replies: @Feryl
  4. Tusk says:

    Did people actually have panic attacks 100 years ago? I would say either they didn’t exist, or they were classified as something else. Though women apparently become hysterical beyond all reason so perhaps it’s the same thing.

    • Replies: @Twodees Partain
  5. Ctrl+F Corona
    Ctfl+F virus

    … 0 results found

    “BACK TO WORK”

  6. This is also seen internationally.

    It shows up in the US suicide rate.

    Also in drug overdoses, especially in the disproportionately privileged youth cohort.

    Curiouser and curiouser.

    [MORE]

    Although, white progressives are notorious virtue-signaling liars, so maybe this should also have been broken down by political affiliation. Is it possible they are falsely reporting being mentally stressed for sympathy points, inflating the reported white value? As of 2012, there were reported differences by ethnic group in terms of actually taking the next step of seeking mental health evaluation, but it’s not extraordinary except in severe cases. How do white liberals and white conservatives compare? Minus the progressive white left, what does the white rate look like when compared to other demographics?

    … or maybe the white left really is crazy.

    Jerm RT from Philippe Lemoine: According to the data from @slatestarcodex’s survey, the more left-wing you are, the more likely you are to have been diagnosed with a serious mental illness. This is also what I would have guessed based on anecdotal evidence. https://t.co/S6XF0yzeO4
    https://www.reddit.com/r/LibertyRSA/comments/f2o8va/jerm_rt_from_philippe_lemoine_according_to_the/

    • Replies: @SaneClownPosse
  7. Thomm says:

    The far more important piece of data would have been by gender.

    I think women are less capable of handling such a situation, particularly if single and with no boyfriend. The ambient protection and resource (mis)allocation in their favor has been shut down, and a lot of women under 32 have never experienced this before.

  8. indocon says:

    Trump looks ready to let (((fat cats))) – with few poodle WASPS and Indians to tag along to plunder what is left of America, ala post Soviet collapse style in Russia with his so called stimulus. All kidding aside, expect a whole lot of small businesses which still perform the core of what’s left of the middle class in this country to fold and their business gobbled up by chains, who cla- clap are owned by private equity another big money interests. A good example is my local repair shop, 2 regular white guys with families and stay at home wife were openers and operators, they have been shut down for 2+ weeks, few more weeks and they won’t be able to make it. The neighboring Jiffy Lube will take their business.

    • Agree: Mr. Rational
    • Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard
  9. @Achmed E. Newman

    I own that album.  I’d never really parsed the lyrics until you posted them.

  10. anon[269] • Disclaimer says:

    Repeat after me: it’s just another day.

    It’s just another day.

    It’s. just. another. day.

  11. Feryl says: • Website
    @A123

    Rightly or wrongly there were some very scary things that the Boomer generation experienced. For example:

    Actually, Gen X-ers (those born from the mid-1960’s-early 1980’s) were quite possibly the most emotionally and physically abused generation of all time (were talking relative to the “progress” of a time and place, in this case, the Anglosphere of the late 20’th century). The North American family of the 1970’s-early 1990’s was a harrowing thing, with many the children of that era (Gen X-ers) basically showing symptoms of PTSD by the time they were 13 years old. The parents of Gen X-ers frequently argued, fought (sometimes violently), preferred work over family duties, joined weird ass cults, acted like depraved perverts (swinging clubs, partner swapping, subjecting their kids to inappropriate images and sex talk), and above all else, believed that the satisfaction of the parent was much more important than the well being of their children. The degeneracy of so many adults in the 70’s and 80’s(gradually petering out in the 90’s) is so blatantly obvious that we’ve been hearing for circa 30 years that’s it’s ACTUALLY the youth of the late 1980’s-present who are the REAL problem, so as to desperately hide how screwed up the parents of the Gen X-ers were. Perhaps if people ya know, actually talked to and listened to Gen X-ers about the cruelty they went through, we wouldn’t be so naive.

  12. nebulafox says:

    “More money, mo problems.”

    I think this is only true once you reach a certain level of income or assets. Below that, more money and more happiness go very much hand in hand. It’s a matter of security: you don’t have it, you are going to be under a degree of constant mental stress.

    If you are poor, getting that extra 500 or 1,000 dollars a month can potentially make a much bigger difference in your life trajectory than double that amount would to a more affluent person: more security means an ability to allocate mental resources elsewhere.

  13. @Tusk

    Maybe back then, they were just called “swooning spells”. Lots of old novels had the reliable standby of a swooning spell to cover the first person account of something stressful happening that would be harder to write about without that device.

  14. It is true that if you have more money that you have more problems, but if you have enough brain matter, you deploy your money in ways that allow you to say, “I’ll still be OK when the SHTF.”

    • Agree: Achmed E. Newman
  15. Not surprising whites are the highest.

    Atheist, atomized, often from divorced parents, drug use. Also higher IQ causes more mental illness.

    • Replies: @Nodwink
  16. @Achmed E. Newman

    The media is of course to blame, perhaps Unz.com is an island of (relative) sanity in the sea of inanity, but is it me or is it getting crazier out there?

    This balls-to-the-wall, batshit insanity began shortly after 9/11, and has only got worse since then with things like anthrax attacks. Secret Nazi cabals planning to genocide the Jews, and now this killed virus that will exterminate us all of we do not trust everything the federal government says and allow private banks to take hold of the nations purse strings.

    Buckle up, we haven’t even reached the craziest part yet!

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  17. Arclight says:

    Guessing the high white rate is a combination of a) the more educated class’s fetish for highlighting emotional fragility, b) the fact that a lot of these highly credentialed don’t actually make a lot of money/have much squirreled away.

  18. Wow. Lower class whites are really in bad shape.

  19. @Feryl

    Gen X-ers (those born from the mid-1960’s-early 1980’s) were quite possibly the most emotionally and physically abused generation of all time… With many the children of that era (Gen X-ers) basically showing symptoms of PTSD by the time they were 13 years old.

    Perhaps this explains the acerbic (bordering on nihilistic) attitude that you see with the full X-ers.(?)

  20. Corvinus says:
    @Feryl

    “Actually, Gen X-ers (those born from the mid-1960’s-early 1980’s) were quite possibly the most emotionally and physically abused generation of all time (were talking relative to the “progress” of a time and place, in this case, the Anglosphere of the late 20’th century). The North American family of the 1970’s-early 1990’s was a harrowing thing, with many the children of that era (Gen X-ers) basically showing symptoms of PTSD by the time they were 13 years old.”

    I would like to see the numbers and/or studies that back up your claim.

    “The parents of Gen X-ers frequently argued, fought (sometimes violently), preferred work over family duties, joined weird ass cults, acted like depraved perverts (swinging clubs, partner swapping, subjecting their kids to inappropriate images and sex talk), and above all else, believed that the satisfaction of the parent was much more important than the well being of their children.”

    Again, I’m going to need some direct evidence here.

    “The degeneracy of so many adults in the 70’s and 80’s (gradually petering out in the 90’s) is so blatantly obvious…”

    Perhaps you are overgeneralizing here?

  21. botazefa says:
    @Feryl

    I’m of that generation.

    Add to your list the abundance of whacked-out Vietman Vets scaring the hell out of everyone – Rambo was not a particularly nurturing role model.

    And bikers.

    And just generally angry people – maybe just my experience?

  22. @Feryl

    Yes, this is true. I have been saying as much for probably the last 15 years. I was a 1980 baby, for what it’s worth, and I can confirm that the general sentiments in this post are entirely true.

    • Replies: @obwandiyag
  23. @Intelligent Dasein

    What? Because your home life wasn’t ideal? (Good statistical proof. Now I understand why there is an emptiness in the center of your writing. You are young. You don’t know nothin’.) Neither was anybody’s. Check into what the parents of the Greatest Generation were like. Actually, the fathers. And then the Greatest Generation. I’m sure you love them because they were your grandparents. Young people are too stupid to know that everybody always hates their parents and loves their grandparents because their parents make them do things and their grandparents spoil them.

    I find, in contradistinction to you, but on the same anecdotal evidence-level, that a lot of children love their baby boom parents much more than the baby boom loved theirs. Expressly because they were human, flawed, struggling, and thus made friends with their children instead of standing above them like superhuman immaculate winners of World Wars, because they needed the help.

    And incidentally, ever since 1973, most of the baby boom (this is statistically true) were forced into abject poverty and scrabbling around for work. You don’t count them. You think they were all yuppies (do you even know that word?), when yuppies were actually an extremely small cohort, the rest being scrounging precarians, thanks to no fault of their own, but thanks to right-wing (I’m including Democrats) governments forced on them by the Fuckers In Charge, in the wake of Powell’s letter, tweedledee tweedledum take your pick.

    • Replies: @Feryl
    , @Intelligent Dasein
  24. @Just Passing Through

    Buckle up, we haven’t even reached the craziest part yet!

    Peak Stupidity concurs with your assessment, JPT.

  25. What is happening is a function of the fairness of the people involved:

    Fair people come under increasing stress as they become increasingly surrounded and taken advantage of by people who are not fair.

    You can take the above statement as truth in both possible interpretations: as to disposition or literally as to complexion. They amount to the same thing and are equivalent in that statement.

    • Agree: Mr. Rational
  26. @indocon

    A good example is my local repair shop, 2 regular white guys with families and stay at home wife were openers and operators, they have been shut down for 2+ weeks, few more weeks and they won’t be able to make it. The neighboring Jiffy Lube will take their business.

    What state or region are you in?

    In NY auto repair shops were declared essential and permitted to remain open.

    Of course, the reason they are essential is they perform the annual NY state inspections that serve as an income stream for said shops. NY state has made it a point to let the public know the police won’t be letting expired inspections slide during the current hysteria.

  27. Feryl says: • Website
    @obwandiyag

    Many X-ers had “war baby” parents (e.g., parents born from about 1937-1945). The war babies were not Boomers, although ( many) Boomers frequently idolized the culture of the war babies in the 1960’s and 70’s (Keith Moon was the only member of The Who born after 1945, Jim Morrison and the Beatles were all born in the early 1940’s, The Rolling Stones were all early 1940’s births, etc.).

    The war babies ushered in the dyonisan “sex, drugs, rock and roll” culture of the late 60’s and 70’s, which is the main reason so many Boomers turned out to be train wrecks. The war babies mostly had good economic fortunes from the 1950’s and 60’s, plus many of them didn’t dabble in hedonism until they were in their twenties. Whereas actual Boomers (those born after 1945) got the full immersion into “alternative lifestyles” when they were in their teens in the 60’s and 70’s, and as you note, Boomers had worse economic fortunes than the war babies did.

    It’s Millennials, not Gen X-ers, who typically have Boomer parents. X-ers often remember war baby adults being distant to off-putting and not worth looking up to, at least back in the 70’s and 80’s. Whereas Millennials typically have more favorable memories of Boomer adults in the 90’s and 2000’s.

    It’s been said before, and it needs to be said again: much of the horror of the counter-culture revolution really needs to be pinned on the war babies, not the Boomers. Even if a lot of young Boomers stupidly bought into this crap when they should’ve known better in the late 1960’s-early 80’s.

    • Replies: @dfordoom
  28. Feryl says: • Website
    @Divine Right

    It’s been known for some time that by most measures, the generations born from the mid 1950’s-early 1970’s are the most consistently dysfunctional. These are the generations who hit adolescence and young adulthood entirely during the rough and tumble late 60’s-early 1990’s. These were the generations who started smoking cigs when they were 10 years old, who routinely beat up (or got beaten up) by siblings and class mates, who collected STDs like there was no tomorrow, and so forth).

    Guess what? All those “youthful indiscretions” eventually catch up to you. Physically, and yes, psychologically. Experiencing high levels of sex and violence inflict damage on you. And anecdotally, the most irritable people i deal with seem to have been born in the early 60’s, with the late 50’s and late 60’s births not being much better.

    • Replies: @Corvinus
  29. @obwandiyag

    Thank you for making your opinions known. You’e a little off the beam with this one, however.

  30. Don’t you think that Boeing is a gibs-me-dat kind of lower-class, never-worked-an-honest-day-in-its-life, worthless, no-account shifltess, lazy good-for-nothing chiseler that deserves to have its welfare taken away from it. It should get a job at McDonalds like respectable people do.

    https://www.boredpanda.com/boeing-satire-response-people-in-need/?utm_source=xymphora.blogspot&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=organic

    • Replies: @Joe Stalin
  31. Corvinus says:
    @Feryl

    “It’s been known for some time that by most measures, the generations born from the mid 1950’s-early 1970’s are the most consistently dysfunctional.”

    And what are these measures? You have to offer specific evidence to prove your assertion.

    “These were the generations who started smoking cigs when they were 10 years old, who routinely beat up (or got beaten up) by siblings and class mates, who collected STDs like there was no tomorrow, and so forth).”

    Perhaps you are overgeneralizing?

    “And anecdotally, the most irritable people i deal with seem to have been born in the early 60’s, with the late 50’s and late 60’s births not being much better.”

    In other words, YOUR experience. Which is fine, but it does not mean, overall, that this particular group of people are messed up in the head.

  32. @obwandiyag

    Sorry, Boeing already merged with McDonnell.

    • LOL: Achmed E. Newman
  33. dfordoom says: • Website
    @Feryl

    The war babies ushered in the dyonisan “sex, drugs, rock and roll” culture of the late 60’s and 70’s

    True, but even war babies is essentially an artificial construction.

    All classification based on birth year are artificial. Take for example Andrea Dworkin and Camille Paglia, born within a few months of each other. It’s difficult to imagine two women with more sharply differing outlooks and beliefs.

  34. @Corvinus

    Check it out, knuckles…

    — Nobody here is your research assistant. Do your own damn homework.

    — You appear to have zero personal, pedagogical or professional experience with the making of the kind of “studies” you’re constantly itchy for. Apparently you’ve never had a back-stage pass to see how and more importantly why they are conducted. Hint: the social sciences are not actual science. The kind of “studies” you valorizes are not science, they are highly, highly politicized from inception, they demonstrate nothing and they prove nothing. On top of being a prat, you are a very, very naive prat.

    — Blog comments threads, especially those open to all and sundry, are conversations, they are not professional academic conferences (not that those count for squat, evidence-wise). If a commenter here makes a claim, it comes from observation and experience, and you must evaluate the claim based not on “studies” but on your opinion of the commenter’s previous history if any, tone of reliability and intelligence or lack thereof, observable character, inferred background and so on. If you go down the pub for a pint and the bartender tells you he’s out of hard cider, you don’t ask to see the shipping manifests and the inventory receipts.

    Like I say, a blog thread is a conversation. Have you never wondered why almost no one here ever addresses you other than to berate you? No of course not.

    • Agree: YetAnotherAnon
    • Replies: @Corvinus
  35. Nodwink says:
    @LoutishAngloQuebecker

    Also higher IQ causes more mental illness.

    I guess you are safe then!

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  36. Corvinus says:
    @The Germ Theory of Disease

    “Nobody here is your research assistant. Do your own damn homework.”

    That’s not how it works, friend. If someone makes a charge, and there is a request to substantiate it with evidence, then it is incumbent for that person to provide proof.

    “Hint: the social sciences are not actual science.”

    You would be in error here. The unity of the sciences lies in their method which is scientifically based. The body of knowledge compiled by the scientific method and peer review is designated a science. The “social sciences” clearly meets this standard.

    “Blog comments threads, especially those open to all and sundry, are conversations…”

    And conversations generally contain in-depth knowledge and support of one’s position through personal stories AND outside information.

    “If a commenter here makes a claim, it comes from observation and experience…”

    Which is subject to confirmation and recency bias. Therefore, outside evidence is required to substantiate one’s anecdotes.

    “If you go down the pub for a pint and the bartender tells you he’s out of hard cider, you don’t ask to see the shipping manifests and the inventory receipts.”

    Except we are not discussing why a beverage is no longer available. There was an opinion that was given about the apparent dysfunction of a entire generation. One can hold that opinion, but not all opinions are equal in evidentiary weight. Hence, the requirement to elaborate upon that opinion and buttress it with evidence.

    “Have you never wondered why almost no one here ever addresses you other than to berate you?”

    You would be surprised how many people do engage with me in discourse. Try it sometime. You will learn a thing or two!

  37. @Thomm

    The far more important piece of data would have been by gender.

    And political affiliation . . . they don’t call leftists “snowflakes” for nothing.

    Casual observation suggests that any objective measure of neuroticism would be off the chart for single, white, leftist females.

    OTOH, socially conservative Black Church-ladies probably have some of the lowest levels of neuroticism.

    And by the way, if you correctly note that well-established psychiatric data confirm that females are higher on the Big Five “neuroticism” scale, you can be fired for “hate speech.” Here’s what an NLRB hearing officer said in dismissing James Damore’s complaint that he was fired from Google for legitimately critiquing the company’s “diversity” working conditions.

    But Sophir focuses specifically on Damore’s “statements about immutable traits linked to sex — such as women’s heightened neuroticism and men’s prevalence at the top of the IQ distribution.” These statements were “discriminatory and constituted sexual harassment, notwithstanding [Damore’s] effort to cloak [his] comments with ‘scientific’ references and analysis,” she writes. https://www.theverge.com/2018/2/16/17021714/james-damore-google-nlrb-complaint-diversity-discrimination

    • Replies: @Thomm
  38. @Nodwink

    No offense to LAQ, but that was a zinger!

    • Thanks: Nodwink
  39. Thomm says:
    @Hypnotoad666

    And political affiliation . . . they don’t call leftists “snowflakes” for nothing.

    Agreed, but a lot of ‘conservatives’ are leftists in all but name. WN wiggers are complete leftists.

    The best metric of all is ‘Jungle Survivability’. The more likely a person is to be able to survive in the wilderness for an indefinite period of time, the less such crises scare them. This is an aspect of our evolution from eons ago that still applies today.

    Men exceed women. The 20th percentile man exceeds 98% of women the same age.
    Young men exceed old men (which is why older men become more socialist over time).
    Things like physical strength, resourcefulness, weapons knowledge, ability to think several steps ahead, etc. all contribute to greater Jungle Survivability.

  40. @Thomm

    “The best metric of all is ‘Jungle Survivability’. The more likely a person is to be able to survive in the wilderness for an indefinite period of time, the less such crises scare them. This is an aspect of our evolution from eons ago that still applies today.”

    In which case the Congolese or the Dyaks are Masters Of The Universe, although I agree that being able to come to terms quickly with an unfamiliar and potentially dangerous environment is a useful skill set.

    When IQ debates were still allowed in the Guardian’s comment pages, a favourite “Gotcha” was “you may think you’re clever at sums, but could you survive a militia raid on your village as this Somali refugee has done?“.

    To which the answer should be “in which society is a militia raid on my village more likely, one where everyone’s English or one where everyone’s Somali?“.

    The skills of the Aborigine in outback survival are renowned. But the British settlers, arriving in their wooden ships, with metal tools, seeds, ploughs, horses, sheep, were simply able to bypass those survival techniques honed over millennia – because they brought their own techniques with them and they transplanted pretty well to the Antipodes.

    OK, occasionally someone gets lost and needs the old skills – or help from those who still have them. But it would be just the same should an Aboriginal from, say, Arnhem Land suddenly find himself in Glasgow on a wet Saturday.

  41. @Thomm

    (which is why older men become more socialist over time).

    Speak for yourself and Paul Craig Roberts, but most of us get wiser, not stupider.

    “A man who is not a liberal at 16 has no heart,” ventured British statesman Benjamin Disraeli, and “A man who is not a conservative at 60 has no head.”

    Where do you fit within this range, Thomm?

  42. @Thomm

    The best metric of all is ‘Jungle Survivability’.

    So this must be the most right-wing guy ever.

  43. @Divine Right

    The Black suicide rates are offset by black on black homicide rates.

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