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[crystallization of discontent] a dramatic moment when an array of isolated misgivings and complaints became linked in a global pattern

[crystallization of discontent] a dramatic moment when an array of isolated misgivings and complaints became linked in a global pattern [crystallization of discontent] a dramatic moment when an array of isolated misgivings and complaints became linked in a global pattern
The Power of Moments
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Tripping over the truth is an insight that packs an emotional wallop. When you have a sudden realization, one that you didn’t see coming, and one that you know viscerally is right, you’ve tripped over the truth. It’s a defining moment that in an instant can change the way you see the world.

The psychologist Roy Baumeister has studied these kinds of sudden realizations: people who joined and then left a cult, alcoholics who became sober, intellectuals who embraced communism and then recanted. Baumeister said that such situ-ations were often characterized by a "crystallization of discon-tent," a dramatic moment when an array of isolated misgivings and complaints became linked in a global pattern. Imagine a husband who has a ferocious outburst of temper, and in that moment, his wife realizes that his outbursts aren't just "bad days," as she's always written them off, but a defining character trait. And a trait that she can no longer abide. That's the crystal-lization of discontent. 
 

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