Thursday, October 12, 2023

Free-Floating Negativity

You've undoubtedly experienced free-floating anxiety—a condition where apprehension appears gratuitously and without any perceivable cause. Of course one might argue from a psychoanalytic point of view that the affect is there to obfuscate matters. This condition is the country cousin of free-floating negativity—a Cassandra-like dread. One of the symptoms of this reality is the “reverse Midas touch.” Whether real or imagined the fear is that all endeavors will fail. If you’re anxious you’re likely to be negative and if you’re negative you’re conversely prone to anxiety. The logic of the latter emotion is a bit more roundabout. Negativity almost always  carries with it the subliminal wish that the Gods will take pity on those who appear to have abandoned hope.

read the review of Francis Levy's The Kafka Studies Department on Booklist

and listen to "I'm Your Puppet" by James and Bobby Purify

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