Playing Misery Poker

    Elizabeth Bernstein, WSJ, June 16, 2009, says everyone is playing “Misery Poker,” bitching about everything.

    I call it Top That Woe—and sorry, Elizabeth, I enjoy it no end.

    I am not what you would call a positive thinker, as most people know. I prefer to think of myself as a Negative Resilient.

    Stress is now our default mode. Guess we better get used to it.

    People try to induce guilt in others to get more attention. Thus they TOP THAT WOE.

    You stayed up all night with the baby? Well, I stayed up, too, and had to go to work the next day. You know the sequence.

    Elizabeth says you can get more attention by saying something positive.

    People say chirpy stuff all the time—I just think, great, they are good, now about my mess…

    The movie theatre, where my daughter finally found a job she loves, closed.

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