What would you be willing to risk eating one of Japan's greatest delicacies?
May 21, 2012
Otherwise known as the knee jerk reaction.
"J.P. Morgan’s $2 billion trading loss could lead to knee-jerk reactions by regulators, risking regime arbitrage between countries."
Whatever that means.
The L.A. Lakers are on the brink of elimination.
Break them up!
"Striking the tendon below the patella gives rise to a sudden extension of the leg, known as the knee-jerk."
The term began to be used figuratively when O.O. McIntyre, in his New York Day-By-Day column in The Coshocton Tribune, October 1921, wrote this:
"Itinerant preacher stemming Broadway on a soap box. And gets only an occasional knee-jerk."
Later defined as this: an immediate unthinking emotional reaction produced by an event or statement that can be very predictable.
And none of us wants to be predictable, right?
Know your triggers beforehand says famed 20th century psychologist Karen Horney.
Anger management courses are filled with people who are guided into developing critical thinking instead of relying on their emotions.
Look at this list of buzzwords and phrases:
Conservative, liberal, right wing, left wing, welfare, gay marriage, gun control, etc.
Add some of your own.
They all trigger off immediate responses; we know what we're thinking before we're able to think.
What do you think?
Are knee-jerk reactions simply our refusal to upset our cozy world?