But on a darker note we also take a slightly sick drop of satisfaction from seeing them fall from grace, from seeing their misfortunes and from seeing that they are too, just human. That they suffer.
This weekend we all stood to witness what happens when our consumption of celebrity stories, our purchases of media that will do anything to sell them to us, and our misdirected attempts to meet our own needs lead.
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In this article I hope to clarify some of the terms, analyse some of the language used, and just touch on how important it is that we start to change the language in this area. Please first note that I do not seek to negate any individual person's right to identify with whatever language or term they choose. It is always about individual choice and I do not want anyone to feel I am criticising their choice. I believe it is super important for all the issues to be out in the open so they can inform your choice.
It recently became obvious to me, when discussing a PDA child with their adult online, and then whilst explaining my son to a family member, that PDAers have a demand cup, and this demand cup completely explains why sometimes PDAers can cope with demands and sometimes not, with the same demands. This variation can be tricky to cope with for people around the PDAer, and I want to offer some understanding.
In some official descriptions of PDA, a "Lability of mood" is described. Here is my interpretation of the many moods of PDA and yes, much like Jack Jack from the incredibles, we can switch between them pretty fast.