Post-Traumatic Debate Disorder

You may have PTDD if:

  • Nobody really disagrees with you.
  • People who claim they disagree with you are being dishonest.
  • People who claim they disagree with you are out to get you.
  • You argue that someone (else) getting mobbed online “deserved it.”
  • You find yourself not understanding a lot of things but don’t ask any questions.
  • You consider accounting for differing situations to be hypocrisy.
  • You don’t know what your goal is in an argument, but that doesn’t stop you.
  • You view all discussions that consist of more than, “Yeah, me too,” as arguments.
  • All disagreements have a right and a wrong.
  • All disagreements must have a winner and loser.
  • Wrong = evil, unforgivable, delusional.
  • You alone understand what everyone “intends” by what they say. Better than the speaker.
  • You consider sympathy for both sides in a disagreement to be the same thing as no sympathy for either.
  • You crave real-world consequences for things said online, but not for you.

These are but a small sampling of the symptoms of PTDD. If you find yourself experiencing any of these symptoms, it is highly recommended that you log off the internet immediately. Further treatment may consist of quarantine to avoid denialists of all stripes, lots of face-to-face and eye-to-eye conversation, and outdoor exercise.

Post-Traumatic Debate Disorder
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15 thoughts on “Post-Traumatic Debate Disorder

  1. 1

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  2. 2

    You need to add one:If a comment is in a foreign language (like Russian) You are paranoid that they did it to confuse you instead of assuming it is an advert.

  3. 5

    This stuff doesn't just apply to arguments online. Some people are quite capable of exhibiting most of these symptoms in face-to-face debates – I used to be one of them myself.The internet is just a great enabler because it allows people to do these things without risking the loss of real-life friends.

  4. 6

    True enough, RPS77. I do think, though, that spending too much time arguing with the truly dishonest/delusional can also bring this out in people who might not have it triggered otherwise. At least, I prefer to think that's the explanation for all the mind-reading rationalists I've run into lately.

  5. 11

    What the hell did I do to deserve a post like this…I know you wrote this about me…Damn you, I thought we were friends – seriously, this was just cruel and wrong.I am going away now, and NEVER COMING BACK!!!! Never, ever again – I am totally gone forever now…So there…Talk about me all you want…Because I won't ever see it.HATER!!

  6. 12

    Or maybe I will see it…But I won't bloody well say anything about it, because I am done worrying about all the mean things you say about me, thinking I don't know you mean ME!!!So I am never, ever going to comment hear again – this time I mean it.

  7. 15

    I would probably love you to, if you weren't a hater and I was ever going to comment here again – which I am not…(I am also pretty sure that the comment in Cyrillic is totally about me – and all you all get it)

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