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  •  Because being smart loses you social support. (9+ / 0-)

    Anything that makes your different from your peers will lose you social support. And since having a lot of friends in a nice homogeneous bubble (and a wedding ring, don't forget that) will magically protect you from stress, illness, poverty and mental disorder, isn't it just better to make yourself into a clone of your peer group? Everybody from the American Psychological Association to the New York Times health columnists agree!
    You're just gonna lose all of that the minute you express disagreement. They won't love you anymore! You're gonna get sick, lose your prospects, and die earlier!!

    [/snark], just in case

    Real Democrats don't abandon the middle class. --John Kerry

    by Lucy Montrose on Sun Dec 29, 2013 at 05:38:39 AM PST

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    •  Reminds me of why.... (3+ / 0-)
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      I hated dealing with cliquey people in the '80s.

      "If this Studebaker had anymore Atomic Space-Age Style, you'd have to be an astronaut with a geiger counter!"

      by Stude Dude on Sun Dec 29, 2013 at 06:30:00 AM PST

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      •  It's worse today because... (2+ / 0-)
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        ... a lot of psychological authorities keep trumpeting the idea that being cliquey is GOOD for you-- good for your emotional health, your socialization; and by the magic power of the mind-body connection, your physical health as well.

        Neuroscience may just end up being the right-wing's best friend if we're not careful.

        Real Democrats don't abandon the middle class. --John Kerry

        by Lucy Montrose on Sun Dec 29, 2013 at 06:33:02 AM PST

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        •  Yep (2+ / 0-)
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          'Cause fitting in with my local milieu would mean I'd have to lose about 60 IQ points.

        •  This gets into a couple of buggaboos of mine. (1+ / 0-)
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          Like ignoring, or even pressure to throw away, good skills like creative or technical aptitude because it's not the all mighty Sports and Spelling in school.

          Being an outcast because the cliques are too cliquey to have anything to do with you. Farmboys aren't supposed to have suburban white-collar interests like the Comics, Sci Fi, and Alt Rock. Then being an outcast among the Comics, Sci Fi, and Alt Rock people because I'm off the farm insetad of being oh soooo kayewel to grow up in the white collar suburbs. That was an insult to the injury that felt a lot like abandonment and betrayal.

          "If this Studebaker had anymore Atomic Space-Age Style, you'd have to be an astronaut with a geiger counter!"

          by Stude Dude on Sun Dec 29, 2013 at 10:58:03 AM PST

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    •  The great swindle of our current society. (6+ / 0-)

      It is particularly damaging among the young. I see it less in my more urban area I think, but hear reports of strong pressure of that type in the exurbs where gated "communities" are springing up like mushrooms in horse shit.

      The strong pressure to dumb down seems particularly strong in those areas where there are a great many religious, social and political "conservatives" eager to live in that little pink bubble of never-never land.

      The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

      by pelagicray on Sun Dec 29, 2013 at 06:35:06 AM PST

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