The whole idea of the newspaper industry covering the story about psychiatrists discussing re-classifying bitterness as a mental illness is our happy thought of the day.
LAT’s Shari Roan’s piece includes the sentence:
Revenge is not a treatment.
Embittered people are typically good people who have worked hard at something important, such as a job, relationship or activity, Linden says. When something unexpectedly awful happens — they don’t get the promotion, their spouse files for divorce or they fail to make the Olympic team — a profound sense of injustice overtakes them. Instead of dealing with the loss with the help of family and friends, they cannot let go of the feeling of being victimized. Almost immediately after the traumatic event, they become angry, pessimistic, aggressive, hopeless haters.
Sounds like every journo cocktail party we’ve ‘covered’ this past year.