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Mark Atwood
Niceness as RSI
I was reading this article about the "Seattle Chill", and I came across this bit, which I found interesting independent of this context:

She cites a famous sociological study of flight attendants, which found being nice all the time is an especially draining kind of work. It can cause the emotional equivalent of repetitive stress injury.


(I don't worry or care much about the Seattle Chill. I'm already usually slow to get to know people, especially "normal" people, and so having that habit of mind be widespread is somewhat comfortable, plus I mainly socialize in particular subcultures were the general rules are a bit different.)
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docorion From: docorion Date: January 6th, 2007 03:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Shoot, everyone who works in the 'helping professions' knows that, although I'd be fascinated to see the source for that (I'm too busy being nice to people for the next 12 hours to look; I shall try to remember to look this evening).

mud_puppy mentioned last night that while I am quite supportive and caring, mine is more the straightforward "Well, you f*cked up. Let's get you going, give you some tools to avoid f*cking up in the future, and see how you do" type of caring, rather than the "Here's a hug, let's take care of you, hold you up, and cuddle you" type, which I accused people like Dr. Phil of espousing (it's a longer story than that, but that was the gist). I find that the former is easier on my psyche.
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kespernorth From: kespernorth Date: January 6th, 2007 09:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Um, no. Persons of my acquaintance are mostly bisexual polyamorous non-Christians and they are, with a few exceptions, extremely guilty of the behavior described in the article.
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