Different neurochemistry - Journal of Omnifarious — LiveJournal
Mar. 29th, 2008
02:54 am - Different neurochemistry
I was talking to someone about an upcoming flight that was going to be a very long flight. She was telling me that she had tranquilizers and was quite anxious about the whole thing, partly because it was going to be for so long.
I was quietly stunned. It was like being in an alternate reality. I can sort of see how being in that situation would cause so much anxiety for someone that they would want tranquilizers to deal with it. But in reality it's a totally foreign mental concept for me. It would never even occur to me in thinking about the flight that I would get anxious from the inactivity. I went on a trip to Australia once, and it was a 23 hour flight. I was totally unconcerned with this fact, and it wasn't a problem for me.
OTOH, thinking about going through the security checkpoints makes me feel nearly physically ill. I have a negative amount of trust for the authority involved in that kind of thing, and I have a really hard time placing myself in a position where it can be so easily exercised over me.
And that's really interesting to me. It's yet another data point on why some people who are using illegal drugs of various kinds are self-medicating for mental states they don't know how to do anything about that are not appropriate or comfortable for the situations they're in. Not that my friend was using illegal tranquilizers, it's just that her situation reminded me of that.
People are the same, except when they're different. And some of the differences are really fascinating.