Post-partum depression is a failure of transference from the egocentrism of young women to the child-centrism of mothers, which typically arises from a feminist ideological resistance to the change in life roles. Women who lack nurturing instincts due to extreme fast life history strategies don’t experience post-partum depression because they don’t experience depression in general, so post-partum depression is a very socially mediated, slow life history phenomenon. Having internalized feminism, these young women experience nurturing instincts as a form of narcissistic injury and spend their early twenties successfully repressing these desires. When pregnancy and child-bearing bring these instincts on in an extremely heightened state of emotion, it’s experienced as trauma.
[Re: the counterintuitive housing bubble during Covid-19 artificial scarcity] Based on my own family, the normie response to feelings of chaos and scarcity is to buy and fix up houses. Three of my family members bought houses last year, essentially on a whim, because none of them were planned or necessary purchases. One was living in an apartment, one was living in a house with roommates, and one of them bought a second house with the intention of flipping it. Generalizing this trend, last year’s boom in house-buying and renovations makes sense now as just another counterintuitive finding of behavioral economics versus classical economics, although it mystified me at the time. It seems to be part of the greater Retvrn to Material Certainty instinct that is becoming stronger as people adapt to the hypernormalization of cultural optimism in the midst of a rising dark age.
Speaking of certainty, I’ve decided that fundamentalism is best understood as a flex on the abstraction of the Other. Fundamentalism is the belief that your worldview is so obviously true that anyone who disagrees must be doing so on purpose, and is therefore evil. (Recall: my definition of “evil” is “errors not forced by deterministic causes”, as distinct from “sin” which I use interchangeably with “shameful weakness/failure”.) Fundamentalism is essentially a narcissistic injury response. Like other types of flex, it’s a good tactic when exercised from a position of relative power and a bad tactic when exercised from a position of relative weakness because it provokes cultural antibodies, AKA “Come at me bro”. Generally, it’s better practiced from a defensive position because offensive postures often require openness to comprehending the new territory (cultural or otherwise) you’re taking over, and this may be where the positive correlation between openness and intelligence comes from (intelligence also being an offensive weapon). For whatever reason, practicing this instinct is literally the only thing that gives people (and not just talking about normies here) the confidence to say no to would-be predators.