Kids in bed? Check. Email to the boss sent? Check. Laundry folded? Mostly. You grab your phone and plop on the couch for a few relaxing times on Facebook. But past the lovable kid pics and cooking videos, you see that a high school friend has posted one more political rant, and you totally afflict their opinion. rather than feeling relaxed, you’re feeling mad — really mad. Before you hit the comments together with your two cents, know that there’s science behind politics and anger, and also the discourse during election season can dial our stress levels up to 11.

Anger may want it comes out of nowhere, but it’s the result of a posh cascade of events within the brain. When our brain detects stress — like after we get upset reading a news article or watching a political debate. The hypothalamus tells our adrenal glands to pump stress hormones — cortisol and epinephrine — to organize our bodies to fight or run. These hormones make our hearts race, pressure levels increase, skin feel hot, and muscles tense.

Our brain tells our body we’re able to fight, and sometimes we do — whether or not that’s just with words. “When we’re in an exceedingly fight-flight mode, it feels specialized to name-call or hit below the belt,” Solomon says, “because our physiology is telling us we are threatened.”

The amygdala ensures we react quickly to danger, Solomon says, but it’s not great at distinguishing a true threat (being chased by an ax murderer) from an imaginary one (reading a tweet). It also can’t assess things fully.

Although it’s going to not always seem to be it, not everyone seems to be angry all the time about politics, says Jon Krosnick, Ph.D, a social psychologist, professor, and therefore the director of the Political Psychology Research Group at Stanford. “Fear and anger are forms of conjoined twins,” says Alison Dagnes, Ph.D, professor of government at the Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania and author of Super Mad at Everything All the Time: Political Media and Our National Anger.

People are often afraid that something they need is abstracted, she explains. In political psychology, it’s referred to as perceived deprivation. as an example, we may fear losing our reproductive freedoms or 2nd Amendment rights. That fear may transform anger toward politicians (and their supporters) we worry will deprive us. Frustration may additionally morph into anger, says Amber Spry, Ph.D., prof of politics and African & African-American studies at Brandeis University.

 

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Demand for German cars in the United States is skyrocketing. After the slump in the corona crisis, many US consumers are catching up with some work to do. There is a particular demand for SUVs in VW, but sports cars are also popular.

Political news, the current US car sales are showing a strong recovery, and German automakers are also benefiting significantly. With 211,000 vehicles, Volkswagen achieved the highest sales in almost 50 years, said Scott Keogh, Volkswagen’s US boss. As a result, market share has also increased. According to Keogh, the reason is the expansion of the portfolio, which is increasingly focused on SUVs.

In the last two quarters, VW has sold 120,520 vehicles. This was 72 percent more than at the same time last year, which was weak due to a pandemic that had to temporarily close factories and car dealerships due to the blockade.

The SUV is especially popular in the United States. In this segment, VW has more than double the delivery. SUV sales currently account for almost three-quarters of VW vehicles sold in the United States. For several years, local manufacturers have primarily focused on heavier and larger models that are especially popular with US customers. In Germany, SUVs currently account for about a quarter of new registrations.

 

Audi and Porsche move along

Audi, a subsidiary of VW, has benefited from the particular popularity of urban SUVs in the United States, with sales increasing again in the United States in the three months to the end of June. Audi sold 66,995 cars during this period. This is 92% more than it was a year ago. Especially with the Q-series SUVs, Audi was able to refill the ground after the burden caused by the Corona crisis.

Porsche, a sports car maker that also belongs to the VW Group, has delivered 18,958 units. This is an increase of 55.5% over the previous year. Delivery to customers has increased by about half, as seen in the first half of the year.

 

Daimler hasn’t been in a long time

BMW has also benefited significantly from the recovery of the US car market. According to company information, the Munich company sold 96,561 new cars like the Lexus Scottsdale, under its own brand in the second quarter. This is an increase of almost 90% compared to the same period last year. Subsidiary Mini has grown nearly 77%, providing 9,340 compact cars to US customers.

BMW’s German luxury rival Daimler plans to announce sales of Mercedes-Benz in the US later this month.

 

Chips delayed GM

US market leader General Motors (GM) failed to meet analysts’ expectations. Sales of this group increased by 40% to 688,236 units. Faced with production problems due to a shortage of computer chips, GM struggled to keep up with high demand. The tip shortage is basically affecting the entire industry and can last for months. GM expects a shortage of computer chips to continue to slow down the business. Elaine Buckberg, GM’s chief economist, said chip shortages could further complicate the supply chain and weigh supply as the U.S. economy gains momentum and demand is expected to remain high next year.

Japan’s rival Toyota increased quarterly sales by 76% to 688,813 units, slightly ahead of the largest US manufacturer.

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