Thursday, August 25, 2005

Inappropriate Behavior?

In psychiatry when we are assessing patients who are dealing with serious stressors in their life, we look for some kind of dissonance between their expressed mood and their affect. When the affect does not support the mood, we refer to it as "inappropriate," meaning that the mood and affect are in conflict and don't make sense.
With that in mind, it's nice to know that the world's most famous grieving war mom, who has been beset by tragedy:(1) the loss of her beloved son; (2) recently divorced by her husband; and (3) recently dealing with the serious illness of her own mother; is able to party and enjoy herself while there is a antiwar movement going on.

Otherwise, one might think her behavior somewhat inappropriate. Why, it's almost like she's on vacation and trying to enjoy herself or something!

Of course, far be it from me to discourage vacations, but I understand that she and her friends don't believe that President Bush should take one.

(Photo hat tip: LGF)

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