ziggystardust wrote:Interesting question that needs to be asked after LeopardLetangs post - do people ever do or think things that they are willing to admit are completely irrational?
do you? it's so easy and natural to rationalize everything you do or think. certain kinds of fidgeting might be an example. like talking to yourself. but they might say they do it since it calms them or helps them focus. same with doing things out of habit.
the person is doing it or thinking it, so there must be a reason for it at some level. and if you go with that thought, i'd say whichever 'reason' they choose, as to why they do it, is their rationale.
ok. but not to overthink it. the most common use of irrational is probably the idea that women are irrational. this comes from the idea that they're too emotional to act thoughtfully. so i guess if a person's goal is to make money at poker, but then they push all in because they are on tilt, it was irrational when compared to their goal.
so what's an irrational pet peeve. i'm starting to think that all pet peeves are irrational. i would define them as things that emotionally annoy you to an improper or irrational amount. and it's funny because most pet peeves are about other people doing or saying irrational things. such as stopping traffic to let an adult pass in a 25 mph zone. it's so irrational that it gets you upset even though it's irrational to get upset about it.
haha ok. i guess i admit that an irrational thing that i do is overanalyze simple mundane things. but it's a fun little logic game that eventually comes down to the meaning we attach to words vs. what we really mean by them and i can't seem to get away from stuff like this once i start thinking about it even though i really need to get ready for work. so i suppose it's irrational to end up late at work because i was thinking about this. eh