Debate: The emotional reaction to facts

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Debate: The emotional reaction to facts
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Tue, 06-21-2011 - 10:59pm

Is it that we are truly attacking formula - or are people reacting emotionally to the facts?

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The huge emotional reaction people get on hearing these simple, reasoned, facts, is quite alarming. Consider your own reactions to the following two statements; pretend I'm reading out a health protection broadcast:
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"Raw chicken may contain salmonella. Cook this product thoroughly in order to prevent food poisoning."
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Now try this...
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"Formula may contain salmonella. Prepare this product thoroughly in order to prevent food poisoning."
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Now, in the first one, I'm a hero of food protection! In the second one, I'm apparently saying "Formula is poison you stupid b---- and you are a terrible mother for feeding it to your child - don't you feel guilty?"
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Try these two:
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"Nutrition is best derived from natural food sources. Processed foods made commercially from factory farmed foods with a high level of chemical additives may not provide adequate nutrition."
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Common sense? Reasonable? Reasoned and balanced?
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"Formula is a processed food made commercially from factory farmed food sources with a high level of chemical additives."
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Have you gone nutso back there? All reason flown out the window in an emotional screech of "ohmygohdyoucan'tsaythat.."

Source: http://one-of-those-women.blogspot.com/2009_04_01_archive.html

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iVillage Member
Registered: 06-24-2008
Sun, 06-26-2011 - 10:46pm

People may be reacting emotionally to the facts but probably more so how they are hearing the facts and interpreting the facts.

"The key to good decision making is not knowledge. It is understanding."
Malcolm Gladwell Blink

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-11-2006
Mon, 06-27-2011 - 7:31am

It sounds as if you are likening Lactivists to the proverbial MIL...

iVillage Member
Registered: 06-24-2008
Mon, 06-27-2011 - 7:40am
Nope. Not at all.
"The key to good decision making is not knowledge. It is understanding."
Malcolm Gladwell Blink

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-11-2006
Mon, 06-27-2011 - 7:48am

Well, then, I guess I fail to see your point. Perhaps you are just thinking outloud and not tying your thoughts to the debate?

iVillage Member
Registered: 06-24-2008
Mon, 06-27-2011 - 8:08am

Wrong again.

"The key to good decision making is not knowledge. It is understanding."
Malcolm Gladwell Blink

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-11-2006
Mon, 06-27-2011 - 9:45am

Did any of you see the skit where Jon Stewart interviews the John McCain puppet about his wildfire-illegals comment? It was very funny!

iVillage Member
Registered: 06-16-2010
Mon, 06-27-2011 - 10:45am
harmony08 wrote:

People may be reacting emotionally to the facts but probably more so how they are hearing the facts and interpreting the facts.

Kevali


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Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Mon, 06-27-2011 - 10:55am

My aunt used to eat raw hamburger all the time. When she had to have a hysterectomy at only 23 years old, my mother told me that my aunt "had to have all her insides taken out because she was rotten".

As a kid, I thought she was rotten inside because she ate the raw hamburger! LOL

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-28-2008
Mon, 06-27-2011 - 6:17pm

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Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Mon, 06-27-2011 - 7:04pm
goddessofpeace wrote:

If you

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