EA can be hard: links for that

post by smallsilo · 2022-04-24T22:42:15.359Z · EA · GW · 6 comments

Contents

  The desire for impact:
  Reconciling EA and self care
  Beyond EA: On being a full human being
  Endnote
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I've struggled and am struggling with: feeling overwhelmed by the size of important problems, feeling alone in wanting to have an impact and also feeling like I don't want to take away time and resources from important people doing saving-the-world things, feeling guilty about being a net-negative for EA.

I don't have much original to say about this at the moment, but I don't think I'm alone, so this is my attempt to be a little bit helpful. You could also browse the Self-care [? · GW] tag.

The desire for impact:

Reconciling EA and self care

Beyond EA: On being a full human being

Endnote

 

  1. ^

    Everyone is different, but if I were to try to give  advice to a version of myself who hasn't read it, I'd say: 

    If you're struggling, read the Half monkey, half god segment, especially Not yet gods [? · GW], but avoid The dark world, and the related articles On caring, and The value of a life. I've found those a little information hazard-y

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comment by weeatquince · 2022-04-25T07:00:59.358Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

Sorry to hear you are struggling. It is difficult. So do look after yourself. I am sure those around you in EA really appreciate and value what you are doing and that you are not at all being net-negative, do talk to the people you know if you feel like that.

Some extra links that might be of use to you:

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comment by smallsilo · 2022-04-25T15:08:24.023Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

Thank you!

comment by Miranda_Zhang (starmz12345@gmail.com) · 2022-04-25T11:42:48.931Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

Thanks for this! There are some resources that I haven't read before. Would you mind if I copied this list over to my post, Mental Health Resources tailored for EAs (WIP) [EA · GW]?

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comment by smallsilo · 2022-04-25T15:07:49.187Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

Thanks for your list and please do!

comment by Emrik · 2022-05-13T10:55:27.013Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

Idk, I like the attitudes found in pain is not the unit of effort. Summarised: Effort is a dangerous proxy variable to maximise. And for most human beings, maximising impact means trying to have plenty of mental and practical slack in your life. If you feel like you're only putting in enough effort if you're at the brink of how much pain you can handle, you should probably try to find and test ways of getting out of that trap (like acquiring SSRIs to try). :)

comment by Coleman@21stTalks · 2022-04-25T16:22:15.226Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

Thank you for this list! I research communication within EA and a large factor in ineffective communication is neglectedness around emotive responses when discussing these topics (I call the sum of these emotive responses the 'lean out effect').

 

All of these readings are super useful for my research so thank you so much for striving to metabolize your experience into something that can help other community members. Feel free to reach out and schedule a 1-on-1 and thank you again!