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expos rd6 - Esther Kang November 17, 2010 Expository...

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Esther Kang November 17, 2010 Expository Writing I Rough Draft 5 Dependence on The System When involved in complicated or unfavorable situations, humans have the innate tendency to justify those occurrences by modifying their negative perspective to a more positive one. This common phenomenon is known as the psychological immune system. Some may argue that this defense mechanism does not apply to all, and at first glance it may seem like it does not, but in actuality, the psychological immune system pertains to everyone. Whether it is intentional or unintentional, humans constantly rely on their psychological immune system to not only find hope in the event but also to constrain themselves to believe in untrue ideas or beliefs and to search for a propitious side in something calamitous. Just as the word “immune” signifies defense, the psychological immune system is a defensive system that “cooks facts and shifts blame in order to offer a more positive view” (Gilbert 221). In other words, it is the tendency for humans to rationalize certain events to make it seem as though those situations are positive influences in their lives. Unfortunate events are inevitable and everyone is bound to experience a grueling or unfavorable occurrence during at least one point of his or her lifetime. Because they are not completely in control of what happens in their lives, humans are constantly facing new struggles that they strive to overcome. In order to do so, they must alter their way of thinking about the situation. Most people are incapable of simply forgetting their issues and living life without any worries; thus, it is an innate character for humans to constantly think about something unfortunate or to force themselves to avoid thinking about it. In
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this manner, they frequently rely on their psychological immune system. Some people do not realize that they do so, and others completely acknowledge the fact that they have the tendency to heavily rely on it. Regardless of whether or not people are aware or unaware, the psychological immune system plays a large role in everyone’s life. “Immune to Reality” is a piece that deconstructs and scrutinizes the different factors of the psychological immune system. Daniel Gilbert, the author of “Immune to Reality”, emphasizes the fact that people’s psychological immune system is usually triggered by occurrences that have the potential to attack or threaten their state of happiness or satisfaction (Gilbert 221). In addition, he states that it is a good thing when we rationalize things because “deliberated attempts to generate positive views contain the seeds of their own destruction” (Gilbert 215). In one part of his piece, Gilbert presents an illustration of a bride or groom who was “left at the alter”. Most people would agree that getting jilted is extremely painful and unfortunate; it is not a small-scale incident, rather it
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