I came across a very interesting article today in The Health Care Blog by Saurabh Jah, MD titled Overoutrage and the Assymetric Skepticism of Healthcare Journalists.
This addresses a concept I’d not heard of until now. Here is a quote from the above linked article:
“Overoutrage is excessive moral outrage. Outrage is excessive anger. Anger is excessive emotion. Emotion is excessive anti-reason. Overoutrage is the mother of all overdoing.”
Dr. Jah discusses how overoutrage not only can create viscious personal attacks on individuals but may be a major force in the development of healthcare policy. It’s worth a read. I suspect healthcare is not the only field where overoutrage has undue influence on public policy decisions. Leave comments to let me know what you think.