When i first saw this genius flow chart by Aquarius designer Becca Clason, i knew she had hit on something major here. (Click on the chart to see it larger) This ought to be laminated and on the wall of every high school classroom. Catch potential Love Zombies and train their thinking right before they get infected. That way the neural pathways already created will hopefully subvert the Love Zombie Virus. I asked Becca a few questions about her flow chart introducing her to the concept of Love Zombies along the way.
Are you a natural rationalist or did circumstances force you to adopt such an attitude?
In most circumstances of my life and especially when it comes to matters of the heart, I’m very irrational. I’m ruled by my emotions, which is why I’ve made lots of knee-jerk reactions (and mistakes) in matters of communicating with men. After I’d been married a little while, I was able to see things from a more distant perspective and notice all of the things that I should have done but didn’t or shouldn’t have done but did.
On my site we have a whole theme going about Love Zombies –when people (usually women) let an impossible love affair turn them into mutant weirdos hovering about their phone day and night, e-stalking and so forth. You would seem to have a passing acquaintance with the syndrome. Are you a current Love Zombie or a recovering Love Zombie?
Haha. I’ve definitely been a Love Zombie, but I’m currently in a balanced, equal, loving relationship, so there’s no need for me to be a Love Zombie, but I enjoy the visual.
What is your Sun Sign? Do you think you are archetypal of it?
I’m an Aquarius, and although I enjoy things like zodiacs, horoscopes, and personality tests, I also understand that anybody can find at least a truth or two about themselves in them, but I don’t see myself fitting in to the Aquarius archetype. I don’t think I’m free-spirited or spontaneous as the Aquarius is said to be—I thrive most within a routine—and though I love to learn, I’m not an intellectual.
What inspired you to do this genius flow chart graphic?
I was married when I made the flowchart, but I still had many close friends who weren’t married and were going through the ups and downs of navigating relationships. I always had feedback for them with what I thought they should or shouldn’t be doing. Separately, I had been wanting to try making a flowchart—to see how the process worked and if I could make a good one. When I had the idea to put the two together, I knew I was onto something that people would be interested in.
What is your suggested ‘diversion tactic’ for stopping yourself texting/contacting someone you know you should not?
Well, I was usually too weak, and would end up texting or contacting, but for me the best option was talking it out with a girlfriend. I found it helpful to explain the situation and then get their opinion on whether they thought I should reach out or not. I kind of see my flowchart as a girlfriend stand-in—something who can give you the feedback you need from a logical, outside perspective.
What are you working on at the moment?
I’m spending a lot of time working for the vintage car website, Petrolicious, but in the rest of my time, I’ve been doing a lot of lettering projects, which I absolutely love. I haven’t yet attempted another flowchart—I’m waiting for the right idea to come along.
Image; Joe Webb