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neurosis and women bloggers (and a few more old Lebanese stamps

Posted by adiamondinsunlight on September 17, 2008

Thanks to the newspaper I read on the subway, I learned that I likely blog because I am open to new experiences (good) and highly neurotic (not so good, but not so inaccurate either). The paper mentioned  recent study conducted by psychology professors at the University of Arizona, “Who Blogs? Personality Predictors of Blogging”, which focused on the following:

The Big Five personality inventory measures personality based on five key traits: neuroticism, extraversion, agreeableness, openness to experience, and conscientiousness. There is a growing body of evidence indicating that individual differences on the Big Five factors are associated with different types of Internet usage.Two studies sought to extend this research to a relatively new online format for expression: blogging. Specifically, we examined whether the different Big Five traits predicted blogging. The results of two studies indicate that people who are high in openness to new experience and high in neuroticism are likely to be bloggers. Additionally, the neuroticism relationship was moderated by gender indicating that women who are high in neuroticism are more likely to be bloggers as compared to those low in neuroticism whereas there was no difference for men. These results indicate that personality factors impact the likelihood of being a blogger and have implications for understanding who blogs.

Yes: we are likely to be fond of new experiences; and if we are women, we are likely to be neurotic – a word often overused and which apparently means something like ‘easily distressed by life and daily events, but still rational’. Yep, that’s me.

Today I have two sets of stamps to show. The first combines a set of Roman columns, a globe with Lebanon facing the viewer, and a lovely calligraphic treatment of “the Lebanese republic”, in Arabic at the top left:

This second set I love – actually, I adore. The set is focused on Lebanon’s technological development: the top two focus on electrical lines, while the bottom two focus on industrial production:

I know, I know: these stamps are much more about fiction than reality. Those electrical lines look much more up-to-date than the mid-century ones I’ve seen around the country, and we all know the quality (and quantity) of Lebanon’s power supply. And after independence Lebanon’s leaders chose to focus on developing its service sector at the expense of its industrial sector – so the country’s factories were (and still are) only a small part of the national economy.

But still – the stamps are lovely, and so sweetly optimistic! (And if you look at the cancellation mark on the stamp at the top right, you will see that it was dated March 6, 1958.)

One Response to “neurosis and women bloggers (and a few more old Lebanese stamps”

  1. intlxpatr said

    Wikipedia says “Neurotic tendencies are common and may manifest themselves as depression, acute or chronic anxiety, obsessive-compulsive tendencies, phobias, and even personality disorders, such as borderline personality disorder or obsessive-compulsive personality disorder. It has perhaps been most simply defined as a “poor ability to adapt to one’s environment, an inability to change one’s life patterns, and the inability to develop a richer, more complex, more satisfying personality.” [3] Neurosis should not be mistaken for psychosis, which refers to loss of touch with reality.

    The term connotes an actual disorder or disease, but under its general definition, neurosis is a normal human experience, part of the human condition. Most people are affected by neurosis in some form. A psychological problem develops when neuroses begin to interfere with, but not significantly impair, normal functioning, and thus cause the individual anxiety. Frequently, the coping mechanisms enlisted to help “ward off” the anxiety only exacerbate the situation, causing more distress. It has even been defined in terms of this coping strategy, as a “symbolic behavior in defense against excessive psychobiologic pain [which] is self-perpetuating because symbolic satisfactions cannot fulfill real needs.” [4]”

    That doesn’t sound like YOU – or ME!

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