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Election 2000 Quiz -- Are You Politically Obsessed?

Added: (Thu Nov 30 2000)

Pressbox (Press Release) - Election 2000 Quiz -- Are You Politically Obsessed?

LOS ANGELES--A Los Angeles clinical psychologist has developed a brief quiz to determine if the unprecedented stalemate of Election 2000 is taking its toll on people's emotional health and well-being.

ARE YOU BECOMING POLITICALLY OBSESSED?
Answer Yes or No to the following statements:

1. Do you spend more than one hour a day following the political
proceedings?

2. Has your productivity at home or at work slipped as a result of
monitoring election news coverage?

3. Do you find yourself getting into arguments with friends over
the legitimacy of the election results?

4. Do you get angry if your monitoring of the coverage is
interrupted?

5. Do you know all the names of all the Democratic and Republican
attorneys?

6. Is the Presidential Coverage the first story you read in the
newspaper?

7. Do friends or family say that you're too involved in the post
election political events?

8. Do you find yourself thinking or daydreaming about the election outcome while involved in another unrelated activity?

9. Have you canceled social events or missed meals or sleep as a
result of the political coverage?

10. Have you called a talk radio station or contacted a politician
concerning the election results?

The test scores and what they reveal:

0-3 answered Yes:
You're doing OK. No need to worry at the present time, but just to
be safe take this test on a daily basis to monitor your status.

4-6 answered Yes:
You're on the borderline and starting enter the world of the obsessed! Believe it or not, you're getting too involved and you need
to take a break from the coverage. There's more to life than politics.
For the next week follow the political events only every other day.

7-10 Answered Yes:
You're in serious trouble! Bush and Gore are seeking the
Presidency, not you! Get a life and limit your coverage to three hours
a week after going cold-turkey for three days without any involvement.
If this does not help, seriously, you may need professional help.

Los Angeles psychologist Robert R. Butterworth, Ph.D., writes on a regular basis concerning the issues of psychology and the media. He is
member of the American Psychological Association, Media Psychology
Division.

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