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The Security Blanket Paradox

The Security Blanket Paradox

You're setting in a cafe or a train, maybe an airplane, and you're surrounded by people people who are minding their own business as you are, suddenly, an alarm breaks out or someone shouts out to announce a potential threat, unless you are free to run away and leave it behind. you will be most probably seeking shelter and that's that, but... Have you ever thought of the reason for this, i mean no one of ciurse wants to get hurt or injured, but why?

Well, We do we often think of shelter whenever an idea of a potential threat arises, and that what Russell called, the paradox of security blanket.


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Coinage Of The Term And Definition

Coinage Of The Term And Definition

In Bertrand Russell's "Problems of Philosophy," the "security blanket paradox" is a metaphorical concept used to describe a common psychological predicament experienced by humans.

It arises when individuals latch onto these sources of comfort, akin to someone holding onto a security blanket. While it initially provides a sense of safety, it ultimately becomes a source of anxiety too. This is because people not only worry about the original hazards and uncertainties but also become anxious about the potential loss or damage to their "security blanket" (the possession, relationship, or beliefs


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Examples Of Security Blankets

Examples Of Security Blankets

You might have seen the representation of a security blanket around us in other people even in our selves on different levels, lucky cigarettes, seat belts, possessions, certains relegious beliefs and certain body shapes.

However, my own favorite representation would be Chuck McGill from the TV series better call saul


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Chuck McGill

Chuck McGill

For those who have not seen the masterpiece "better call Saul" Chuck is a character who embodies elements of the "security blanket paradox" in his own way. Chuck is an intelligent and accomplished lawyer, but he suffers from a psychological condition known as electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS), leads him to believe that he is extremely sensitive to electromagnetic fields.

It becomes a central plot point in the series, and it is the source of significant anxiety and insecurity for him he goes to great lengths to protect himself from electromagnetic radiationincluding wearing a space blanket


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Chuck's character serves as a complex and tragic example of how clinging to a perceived source of security, even one rooted in irrational beliefs or anxieties, can have detrimental effects on one's life and well-being.

The idea is not to drop your guard and untie your seat belt driving off a cliff, but to open your eyes to the real nature of threats and differentiate between them and challenges for growth, we all have our fears but your blanket is not bullet proof, some times it is better to look for a solution instead of a shelter.


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It's harder to ask the right question than to answer a hard one


While we would wish to get back to hiding under our blankets when young, reality subjects that challenges all around us are to be confronted


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