New mental states for the 21st century

Writer Douglas Coupland has a playful article in the The Independent where he defines ‘new terms for new sensations’ and lists new psychological states that may be arising from 21st century life.

Coupland is known for his careful observations of how technology impacts on day-to-day living and there are many delightful entries in the list, but a few of my favourites are below:

Deselfing: Willingly diluting one’s sense of self and ego by plastering the internet with as much information as possible.

Internal Voice Blindness: The near universal inability of people to articulate the tone and personality of the voice that forms their interior monologue.

Karaokeal Amnesia: Most people don’t know all the lyrics to almost any song, particularly the ones they hold most dear. (See also Lyrical Putty)

Lyrical Putty: The lyrics one creates in one’s head in the absence of knowing a song’s real lyrics.

Zoosumnial Blurring: The notion that animals probably don’t see much difference between dreaming and being awake.

 

Link to ‘New terms for new sensations’ in The Indepedent.

3 Comments

  1. Richard
    Posted September 20, 2010 at 12:25 am | Permalink

    Is internal voice blindness really that new of a phenomenon?

  2. Xan
    Posted September 20, 2010 at 3:59 am | Permalink

    Seems almost like The Meaning of Liff by Douglas Adams and John Lloyd.
    I must confess to being a sufferer of Karaokeal Amnesia!

  3. cavall de quer
    Posted September 20, 2010 at 8:24 am | Permalink

    “Zoosumnial Blurring: The notion that animals probably don’t see much difference between dreaming and being awake”.
    -what about zoovital blurring – the notion that animals don’t care whether they’re alive or dead?


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