The buzz trap: Speeded-up lives, distractedness, impulsiveness and decreasing empathy

Music, Graham (2014) The buzz trap: Speeded-up lives, distractedness, impulsiveness and decreasing empathy. Psychodynamic Practice, 20 (3). pp. 228-249. ISSN 1475-3634

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This paper examines a set of traits and bodily reactions that are often seen in people who suffer stress and anxiety. These include speeded-up metabolisms and less ability to concentrate, regulate emotions as well as reduced empathy. The paper suggests that early trauma and stress give rise to a range of bodily and metabolic changes that affect the very speed of the life-course. It is also suggested that many factors in contemporary society, such as stress, increased reliance on screens and technology and a more consumerist and individualistic lifestyle, might be linked to an increase in such ‘buzzy’ character traits. More hopefully, such developments can be countered by positive experiences such as those provided in psychotherapy, secure attachment relationships, mindfulness and less-stressed social environments.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published online: 12 Jun 2014
Uncontrolled Keywords: Impulsiveness, Screens, Stress, Emotional Regulation, Individualism, Consumerism
Subjects: Human Psychological Processes > Early Experiences
Human Psychological Processes > Stress
Department/People: Children, Young Adult and Family Services

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