The other day I was assaulted by a baby elephant. More specifically by multiple people sharing the heartbreaking story of baby elephant who cried after it had been stomped on and rejected by its mother. If you haven’t already seen the story you might want to think twice before you search for it, unless you would enjoy feeling bummed out for the next three or four days.
After I recovered from reading this story I can never unread, I started to reflect more on why people share these stories and why I clicked on the link in the first place. Reading the comments section for the story did not offer much up in the way of surprising insights. Most of the commentators were looking for something or someone to blame.
Some had diagnosed the mother with postpartum depression, others suggested that she had gone crazy after being imprisoned at the zoo. Another cluster of people felt that the baby was lucky that the keepers at the sanctuary (not zoo) were there to save the baby. The original news story did not provide enough detail to sort out the cause, but that did not stop anyone from speculating and blaming in an attempt to make sense of this sad story.
This article first appeared in the Fall 2013 issue of TILT Magazine ~ Therapeutic Innovations in Light of Technology.
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Christine Korol, PhD, is a cartoonist psychologist in private practice in Calgary, Canada, and the host/producer of a podcast on WiredToWorry.com that provides free online anxiety and stress reduction education videos.
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