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Before i say more, i want to point out that i have
accidentally set fire to the house several times and it has
also been flooded several times, so whereas i'm not a fully-
paid up disaster survivor, nor am i entirely inexperienced
in this respect.
A relationship or family is metaphorically
on shaky ground.
The people involved call in the Earth, Wind to convert this
metaphor to literal truth.
The therapy lasts four days. Each day involves an
onslaught by one of the traditional elements. On the first
day, earth tremors or a landslide are simulated and their
home is damaged mechanically. On the second, a powerful
wind machine is erected near their home and further
structural damage ensued. On the third, water is pumped
into their home and the ground floor is submerged. On the
final day, the home is burnt to the ground. Any insurance
policies must be terminated before this can take place.
The disasters visited upon them constitute a bonding
experience and make their personal problems seem trivial
by comparison, and afterwards they all get on like a house
This only works for detached houses, boats and mobile
homes, and creates unfortunately ample opportunities for
accidental-on-purpose deaths in particularly dysfunctional
relationships. Also, you end up homeless afterwards, but
you can't have everything.
Earth, Wind and Fire Therapy
[Klaatu, Dec 09 2011]
||Is there any evidence that surviving disasters does improve family relationships? E.g. was there a massive dip in divorce rates in New Orleans in the years following Hurrican Katrina?
||Interesting question. I've heard that as far as
strangers are concerned, if there's a slight degree of
attraction between them that increases in markedly
adverse circumstances, but so does a slight degree of
repulsion. That is, people are sort of perceived as
guardian angels or threatening monsters respectively.
Can't remember where i heard that.
||People who are physically attracted to each other have increased heartrates. This works in reverse too, so people who have increased heartrates believe that they are more attracted to others. A study was done to ask people who were either just about to go on a roller-coaster, or had just been on a
roller-coaster to rate the attractiveness of a set of photographs of people. In the
post-roller-coaster set (i.e. people with raised heartrates) they found that people found the photographs significantly more attractive.
||Ah, now that corresponds to the "visceral" theory
the emotions. Not sure what it's usually called -
one to do with labelling emotions as a result of
physical sensations rather than the other way
Also like logical behaviourism, isn't it?
||In that case, the idea is to raise people's
heartrates and other physiological signs of arousal
using external stimuli in order to convince them
still love each other passionately.
||Although... the same study found that while
post-roller-coaster subjects rated the photographs more attractive, they rated the attractiveness of the person they were with (who had accompanied them on the roller-coaster) as being lower.
||[+] "We learn more from our errors and challenges than we
do our successes."
||In that case, would it be considered an error or a
success to opt for this?
||//This only works for// the right sort of couple.
||This could go either way. Some people who have been
through disasters such as plane crash survivors reportedly
go on to lead richer, fuller lives. Others just suffer from
||Yes, it'd be kill or cure but some approaches are.
Maybe a bit of psychological profiling beforehand
would help with that.
||I'm disappointed. I clicked on the link expecting the
description of a new kind of therapy based on
getting a 1970's/80's 30 piece disco/funk ensemble
into your lounge for a massive boogie based therapy
session, but alas, it was about actual Earth, Wind &
Fire. Sorry, but the disco version would definitely
have got a croissant...