Now They Know How We Felt

Monday schadenboner:

Why Donald Trump’s presidency feels like a time warp

Here’s a fact that may be troubling: President Donald Trump’s inauguration was only 20 weeks ago.

Let’s recall just a few of the events that have unfolded since: the ongoing Michael Flynn investigation, votes to repeal Obamacare, James Comey’s firing and explosive testimony, Trump sharing classified information with the Russians, pulling out of the Paris climate agreement, and on and on.

It’s been a nonstop avalanche of news. And here’s a hypothesis, grounded in psychological theory: The sheer amount of news generated by the Trump administration is warping our perception of time, stretching these 20-odd weeks into what feels like an eternity.


The simple explanation: It’s a trick of our memories. The more important things we can remember in a given time period, the more we assume a greater amount of time has passed.

“In general, it seems that passage-of-time judgments are strongly affected by the number and ‘intensity’ of ‘events’ that have occurred in a time period,” John Wearden, a psychologist and author of The Psychology of Time Perception, says in an email. “You’d tend to say that the last few months seemed to last a long time if lots had happened, and to be faster if not much had.”

And it’s not just any memories that make us feel like more time has passed; it’s the more troubling, unusual, and emotionally charged ones that do.

“Yes, jam-packed cycles of important (and problematic) news alter our perception of time,” says Michael Flaherty, a psychology professor at Eckerd College in Florida. Especially if they tug on negative emotions.


In any case, it’s safe to say this period of time in American history — and world history, for that matter — will prove to be extremely memorable. And when we look back on this time period when we’re older, it may take up more room in our memories, which will make it seem like it lasted longer than it did.

And as long as this time period feels abnormal, the longer it will feel.

If your schadenboner lasts more than eight years please call a doctor and tell him/her that you are tired of winning.

“Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. That’s relativity.”. – Albert Einstein.


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83 Responses to Now They Know How We Felt

  1. DandyTIger says:

    Still not tired of winning

    • CiscoKid says:

      Not how I imagined the end, more like this…

    • DeniseVB says:

      What is this “my fellow boomers” sh*t ? No Salon, safe spaces does not make a successful adulthood. Otherwise, my kids would still be living at home with me.

    • Constance says:

      Why did they leave the waist wrap piece off Lena’s dress? It throws off the proportions and makes her look pregnant while smashing her boobs! WTF!

  2. DeniseVB says:

    This Mark Dice thread is interesting….a woman suing DJT for blocking her on twitter. She’s pretty vile, I would have blocked her too!

  3. 49erDweet says:

    If the denizens of the district of Columbia continue their lengthy slide into terminal myopia and grungy self-interest the best tactic nominally honest US citizens might take is to push for the creation of a new, replacement federal capitol district located somewhere close to the geographic and mean voter center of the contiguous United States. Currently that would be closer to Oklahoma, Nebraska or SE Ohio.
    It would begin the long-term process of dismantling Washington and relocating the US Capitol away from DC. It’d be expensive, legal and doable, and would leave today’s alternative “government interests” in DC scrambling to maintain some degree of relevancy. Which would be fun to watch.
    You heard it here, first.

  4. foxyladi14 says:

    OMG can you sue for that, Denise?

  5. lyn says:

    I love this.

    • CiscoKid says:

      Grow your own. Get some good heirloom seeds, a book or two on horticulture, grow lights and your in business.
      Ah ha! That’s the secret. Don’t go into business. Grow your own, smoke your own,
      You start selling your stash, don’t call me for bond.

    • DeniseVB says:

      I’d just like to be able to find a pack of Merit 😉 And yeah, let the Seneca Tribe in upstate NY start selling cigs again. Had a great relationship with them for years….tax free. Then Obama shut them down.

    • blowme0bama says:

      I’ve already picked out the strains I want to try when Wifey and I go to Seattle at the end of August.

    • Constance says:

      It doesn’t matter if one third of pot users buy black market. The quality will go way up and the amount of the components will be marked on the packaging on the legal stuff. The stores that sell the legal stuff in are not sketchy and the people who work in the stores are not creepy. For that reason many people will by the legal stuff who don’t like the black market. Also legal pot is sold in convenient forms, some really good bakers are offering pot laced goods and there are all sorts of candy and oils for vape pens. And you don’t need to make a connection at a specific time you just walk in at your convenience.

  6. helenk3 says:

    maybe the infighting will keep them so busy , they won’t have time to obstruct

  7. DeniseVB says:

    She is ONLY 10 ! Had such a good time watching her having so much fun and to be so talented. (of course the meowing moabs in the thread thought she was too SMILEY and it was distracting from the performance, reminded me of the anti-trump cabal of miserable). Remember this name Elise Freezer ❤

  8. CiscoKid says:

    lateblum, how are you doing?
    Temps are starting to drop a little.
    Did you get your a/c in?
    A little rain is expected tonight, that should cool things down a bit.

    • lateblum says:

      Hey, Cisco!
      I finally finished about 4:30, but had to run to the hardware store for more foam stripping to fit around the windows to keep the bugs out. several errands, and a coupe hours later and I’m home. It isn’t cool in here, but it is more than tolerable – given what it was earlier. You are sweet to ask. The weather report I heard while in the car said it would stay in the 90’s through the weekend. DId you hear that too?

  9. helenk3 says:

    what is with California all of a sudden deciding what a US President can and can not do? Funny it never came up before Trump won the election

  10. DeniseVB says:

    I kinda like this Bill O’Reilly 😉

  11. Love the Einstein quote. Pretty much says it all.

  12. helenk3 says:

    if this slimy slug would stop obstructing, and trashing a sitting president, and just do the job the taxpayers pay him for , he would be worth more than a bucket of warm spit

  13. Dora says:

    This is a boon to American cattle farmers, but we’d never know about it by watching the media.

    • Ann says:

      To sum up: Because he has money and can fight us in court, we cannot steal his land.

      Whoa boy, she is something else.

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