Hysteria. Behavior exhibiting overwhelming or unmanageable fear or emotional excess according to Merriam Webster.
To me hysteria is much easier to discern when many are involved. Mass hysteria. The insanity (hysteria) feeds upon itself and it grows. Like calls for gun control immediately after a mass shooting. A few folks get so worked up they issue GAGs (guaranteed applause getters) at every opportunity. Those are the times I most enjoy shows like Bill O, Bill Maher and Sean Hannity. Maher's is the most fun as he loves to argue - not just bully folks like Hannity and O'Reilly - although all three can certainly be classified as practitioners of intellectual thuggery/bullying. O'Reilly is a master at shouting down folks who disagree with him.
I know several people who are prone to hysterics. They all share common traits - a distinct lack of self confidence and an above average dose of paranoia. Often very small, seemingly insignificant things set them off. It can be quite scary if you are there when it happens. It can be even scarier if you are near a group that goes off in a bad way. Apparently we live in a time when it is acceptable to go nuts when your local team wins a championship of some kind. Take a look at any city that wins the World Series, NFL championship, Stanley Cup or an Olympic team title in a major sport. Talk about mass hysteria. Millions of dollars in damage all because some folks seem to be looking for an excuse to set off a mass frenzy. Remember Los Angeles after the Rodney King verdict? Mass hysteria of the absolute worst kind that lasted for six days.
Relationship hysteria? Been there. Done that - as I am sure most of us have.
That's this week's quick shack-take on hysteria.