BRAIN FOOD: Are you suffering from ... Disinhibition effect

BRAIN FOOD: Are you suffering from ... Disinhibition effect - Neuropsychologists define disinhibition as an uncontrollable desire to say what's on one's mind, whatever that may be - a condition associated with strokes. 'Disinhibition effect' happens when people are let loose with e-mails. Psychologists noticed that people write things in e-mails that they'd never say in person. This includes being lewd and rude but also witty and eloquent. Those who can't express themselves become Booker Prize writers; the repressed start tossing exclamation marks around. Some victims need to compose e-mails offline. Others offer too much entertainment to be reined in, particularly when they hit 'Reply to All' by accident.

by Helen Kirwan-Taylor - helen@kirwantaylor.com
Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013

Neuropsychologists define disinhibition as an uncontrollable desire to say what's on one's mind, whatever that may be - a condition associated with strokes. 'Disinhibition effect' happens when people are let loose with e-mails. Psychologists noticed that people write things in e-mails that they'd never say in person. This includes being lewd and rude but also witty and eloquent. Those who can't express themselves become Booker Prize writers; the repressed start tossing exclamation marks around. Some victims need to compose e-mails offline. Others offer too much entertainment to be reined in, particularly when they hit 'Reply to All' by accident.

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