ThomG's Guide to Moody People

“You're just no fun to play with at the moment … So I'm just going to give you some space. I'm just sort of a puppy, and I need fun people to play with. If you're not playing, you're no good to me…”

Some people, sheesh.
They don’t know, or see, a mood when they see one. Or can’t fathom why anyone with so much going for them (HA!), has a dark cloud hanging over their head from time to time.
I am talking about the moody person.
(Of which I happen to be.)
I hereby present “ThomG’s Guide to Moody People:”

First off, we can’t help it. Most of us Moodies tend to wear our emotions out. This is messy. Throw in a mood, and it just gets, well, like a Jackson Pollock painting.
The dictionary defines mood as, “A state or quality of feeling at a particular time; a prevailing emotional tone or general attitude; a state of sullenness, gloom, or bad temper.”
A mood is different from an emotion. This is what Wiki has to say about mood:
“A mood is a relatively lasting emotional or affective state. Moods differ from emotions in that they are less specific, often less intense, less likely to be triggered by a particular stimulus or event, however longer lasting. Moods generally have either a positive or negative valence. In other words, people often speak of being in a good or bad mood. Unlike acute, emotional feelings like fear and surprise, moods generally last for hours or days. Mood also differs from temperament or personality traits, which are even more general and long lasting. However, personality traits (e.g. Optimism, Neuroticism) tend to predispose certain types of moods. Mood is an internal, subjective state, but it often can be inferred from posture and other observable behaviors.”
(Yeah, whatever. Moodies are independent and tend to have very highly-evolved brains, mostly in the frontal lobe. And are very sexy, too.)

Moodies are not bad people. We are not frightening. Just misunderstood.
We tend to like small gifts, including, but not limited to, candies, burned music from others’ CD libraries, fresh coffee, books, scented candles, lunch and the occasional pint of Guinness.
You should never attempt to run from a Moodie. Make slow, deliberate motions. If you must, walk away slowly. Throw in a couple of air kisses. Promise to go and get the Moodie a Rock Star or other energy drink.
And agree with everything a Moodie has to say. Shake your head in the affirmative a lot. Don’t butt in when the Moodie is on a rant; wait for your turn (Moodies will run out of oxygen at some point) and interject things like, “Yeah, she’s a real bitch,” or “Those fuckers don’t know what they have in a person like you.”
(Yes, by all means, swear around a Moodie; it makes us feel empowered and may lead to gleeful giggling.)
Above all, let Moodies wallow in whatever mood they are in. Wait five minutes, maybe 10. The mood will change.
But always play with us. We’re really quite cuddly, mostly.


Large Marge said...

Wow! I didn't know Trinity was so verbal ;-) Way to go, Trin!

Mistress of the Mix said...

Your post today inspired a 30 second bout of gleeful giggling in myself. Perhaps it's because my mood is drastically improved over last week's mood,and I'm feeling a bit empowered at the moment.

Thanks again for the fishing gear!

Anonymous said...

I really can't be arsed with moody (ie controlling) people.