The shark

A paper published this month in Journal of Personality and Social Psychology suggests that the more money you have, the more likely it is that you will turn to your possessions, rather than other people, for comfort during chaotic situations. Five different experiments were conducted in which subjects, primed with situations that gave them a sense of helplessness, were asked to answer a series of questions and/or perform a number of tasks. In one example, participants were offered a scenario that involved their leaving their support networks to move to a new job with a better salary. In uncertain situations, poorer people preferred to stick close to home, whereas richer people were fine with taking the job…The drastic differences between the two groups in their coping responses to turmoil may account for increased polarization in times of crisis. –Kecia Lynn

Fiction Writing Prompt: To what or whom would your protagonist turn in a chaotic time? Why?

Journaling Prompt: Where do you find comfort in chaotic times?

Art Prompt: Finding Comfort

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about coping skills for people going through life challenges.

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