Log in

No account? Create an account
23 November 2008 @ 04:05 pm
"People who are mildly neurotic are stressed by uncertainty even more than by bad news, a new study finds."

They could have just given me the grant money so I could tell them the same damn thing.
Current Mood: bitchybitchy
Rainrain_herself on November 23rd, 2008 09:12 pm (UTC)
Seriously, duh.
Lion's Denannbonny on November 24th, 2008 08:45 am (UTC)
Xandre: Dr. Strangelove:  Purity of Bodily Fluidfox_bard on November 24th, 2008 05:29 pm (UTC)
Uncertainty is way more scary than bad news. Once you (the hypothetical/rhetorical 'you') have a definitive answer, positive or negative, you can form a plan of action - and therefore gain some aspect of control. When you don't know what's going on, you can only make tentative plans that might get seriously fucked up by unknown quantities.

Why is that considered neurotic? It makes perfect sense.
Hunterjjhunter on November 25th, 2008 05:33 am (UTC)
Consider the following hypothetical situation

There are two possibilities
1) Losing $100
2) Having a 50/50 chance of losing $100.

Apparently, a neurotic person will prefer state 1 just because he is certain of the outcome. A rational person will choose state 2. You can still plan contingencies for state 2 and you are either the same or better off with state 2 in pure dollar terms.

(And it's things like this why I don't believe in "pure" economic theory.)
Xandre: Gojyo: Bad Boyfox_bard on November 25th, 2008 05:07 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the clarification. I cannot relate to either position, so the hypothetical situation helped.

If I have a 50/50 chance of losing $100 dollars, then I secure the money so that I skew the odds in my favor of not losing it. I'm super careful with it. I'll check on it twenty times if I have to - just to be sure - or put it someplace on my person where it cannot be seen, but constantly felt. And I'll be aware of it the entire time it is there.

I am extremely ridden by Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, can you tell? Is there an option 3 for that?

Hunterjjhunter on November 26th, 2008 01:31 pm (UTC)
Apparently it doesn't matter which of state 1 or 2 it is, but you'll waste $100 of your time repeatedly logging on to your account just to check if the money has left yet.

Maybe? :)