Win or lose…just get over it
Is it safe? Can we come out and play now? Are the grownups still mad at each other?
Dr. Vicki Panaccione says the immediate aftermath of an election as polarizing as this one, with the nation at war, can be a fearful moment for the losers.
“People have been more passionate about this election than any I’ve seen, and no matter which side you’re on, I think that anger can turn to fear,” says the Melbourne psychologist. “If Bush wins, (the fear may be) because you know what he’s going to do; if Kerry wins, it’s the fear of the unknown.”
“After 911, we all stood together. Now, after this election, half of us will be scared, and the other half won’t be. For those who lose, the feeling of powerlessness will probably create even more fear.”
Panaccione’s suggestions for the losers: Regain that sense of empowerment by staying involved with the political process. Stay in touch with your elected officials, and don’t drop out of the system.
“I always (like to) tell the story about the election a few years ago that involved putting a ball field in Indian Harbour Beach. It was a battle between the (families) with young children and retirees. It passed by one vote. It was a great opportunity to talk about how every vote counts, and that you should always stay involved.”
As published in Florida Today, Nov. 2, 2004.
© MMVI Vicki Panaccione, Ph.D.