Wow! I read this article in the LA-Times today and it just occurred to me – Wow! According to the article, there is a movement among psychiatrists to classify embitterment as a psychological disorder as it is an emotional response to the environment. They say that there is an increasing number of people suffering from this disorder and so, it warrants being included as a classified psychological disorder.
The disorder is modeled after post-traumatic stress disorder because it too is a response to a trauma that endures. People with PTSD are left fearful and anxious. Embittered people are left seething for revenge.
The interesting thing about the article is that it is as alarming as it is funny. If this disorder is successfully classified, then it provides two things at least: first, it allows people who are having this problem to get the help that they need; second, it allows people to gain more psychological disorders than they actually have. These things are being collected like merit badges these days. It’s cool to have a cool psychological disorder.
You see, the thing with psychological disorders is that they are very difficult to measure. They are by nature, qualitative. However, I do think that it is a good idea to better understand our psychology as it is often the explanation behind our motivations. Our psychology is just as important as our physiology, when it comes to regulating our health.