The Disinhibition Effect Analysis

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Disinhibition effect, a loosening of social restrictions and inhibitions that would otherwise be present in normal face-to-face interaction during interactions with others on the internet. In the short story “ The Possibility of Evil” by Shirley Jackson shows a way of the disinhibition effect. Miss Adela Strangeworth hides behind letters she writes to people anonymously. The letters are mean and hurtful to the people reading them. This shows that the disinhibition effect does not only have to be shown online, it could be shown in many different ways. The disinhibition effect can hide the way a person truly is. The article “ The Online Disinhibition Effect” by Suler, J. explains that. “People who are shy in-person may thrive…show more content…
Suler, J. explains that in the article “ The Online Disinhibition Effect”. “People are reluctant to say what they really think as they stand before an authority figure.” (Suler, 10) Ultimately, this quote explains that if a person is around someone important, then they would carefully watch what they say. Miss Strangeworth has her way of that. ““A princess can be a lot of trouble sometimes,” Miss Strangeworth said dryly. “ How old is her highness now?”” (Jackson, 21) Miss Strangeworth is giving off a hint of rudeness while talking to Helen Crane. Later in the story Miss Strangeworth writes a letter to Helen saying that she had an “idiot child”. Miss Strangeworth carefully watched what she said in person, but behind the letters she says…show more content…
“Have you found out yet what they were all laughing about after you left the bridge club on Thursday? Or is the wife really the last one to know?” (Jackson, 35) While reading the short story “ The Possibility of Evil” you see that in person Miss Strangeworth is nice to people when she see’s them in person. Once she starts writing her letters she turns into a completely different person. The reason being that she knows that no one knows it's her sending the letters. The article “The Online Disinhibition Effect” by Suler, J, is gives an example of the way Miss Strangeworth is acting. “As you browse through web sites, message boards, and even some chat rooms, people may not even know you are there at all…” (Suler, 6) This article explains how Miss Strangeworth sees how writing her letters is only harmful to others. She thinks that just because people can’t see her they wouldn’t even know that she’s there and they wouldn’t do anything to get back at
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