Psychology, the government shutdown, and you

October 15, 2013

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United States Capitol.


With the government partially shut down and no end to the debt ceiling debate in site, Americans might find themselves feeling less than stellar about the dysfunction in Washington, D.C.

A recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found 60 percent of Americans might jump at the chance to fire every single member of Congress.

Whether it's anxiety or anger, political psychologists say how you respond to political news just a few milliseconds after hearing it could impact your actions long after.

WBEZ’s Alex Keefe devised a little experiment to demonstrate how thoughts and feelings unfold during times of political crisis.