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It began before the advent of smartphones and social media. But, as I argue in my book “The Terminal Self,” our everyday interactions with these computer technologies have accelerated and normalized our culture’s infantile tendencies.
...psychologist Abraham Maslow has suggested that spontaneous childlike behaviors in adults aren’t inherently problematic.
But some cultural practices today routinely infantilize large swaths of the population.
We see it in our everyday speech, when we refer to grown women as “girls”; in how we treat senior citizens, when we place them in adult care centers where they’re forced to surrender their autonomy and privacy; and in the way school personnel and parents treat teenagers, refusing to acknowledge their intelligence and need for autonomy, restricting their freedom, and limiting their ability to enter the workforce.
Can entire societies succumb to infantilization?
In many workplaces, managers can now electronically monitor their employees, many of whom work in open spaces with little personal privacy. As sociologist Gary T. Marx observed, it creates a situation in which workers feel that managers expect them “to behave irresponsibly, to take advantage, and to screw up unless they remove all temptation, prevent them from doing so or trick or force them to do otherwise.”
Much has been written about higher education’s tendency to infantilize its students, whether it’s through monitoring their social media accounts, guiding their every step, or promoting “safe spaces” on campus.
Then we’ve witnessed the rise of a “therapy culture,” which, as sociologist Frank Furedi warns, treats adults as vulnerable, weak and fragile, while implying that their troubles rooted in childhood qualify them for a “permanent suspension of moral sense.” He argues that this absolves grown-ups from adult responsibilities and erodes their trust in their own experiences and insights.
originally posted by: ketsuko
Yeah, I'm an evil parent. I'm a former athlete doing my best to raise another.
We talk a lot about competition, but healthy competition. I talk about how really healthy competition is inside yourself, against yourself more than against others. Yes, you use others as a measuring stick, but sometimes, when you compete they'll be so much better than you that you can't expect to win and sometimes they'll be so much worse that even if you win, if you barely beat them, it doesn't really mean anything. So a tangible win against others, stops meaning so much after a while (although it's always nice), the real win is when you perform better than you ever have before whether you win or lose on the larger playing field.
**The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not the winning but the taking part; the essential thing in life is not conquering but fighting well.
**For each individual, sport is a possible source for inner improvement.
**The important thing in life is not victory but combat; it is not to have vanquished but to have fought well.
**The important thing in life is not to triumph but to compete.
**The day when a sportsman stops thinking above all else of the happiness in his own effort and the intoxication of the power and physical balance he derives from it, the day when he lets considerations of vanity or interest take over, on this day his ideal will die.
**Sport must be the heritage of all men and of all social classes.
**Sport is the habitual and voluntary cultivation of intensive physical effort.
**Sport is part of every man and woman's heritage and its absence can never be compensated for.
All attributed to Pierre de Coubertin French educator and historian, and founder of the International Olympic Committee, as well as its second President.
And because of that real competition against yourself, you can always afford to be gracious in both victory and defeat and be happy for others who do well. You understand they're trying to do their very best, just like you.
originally posted by: dug88
Those people living with their parents well into their 30's, not that that's inherently bad if you are an active contributing member of the household, but those people who have never worked, rely on their parents for basic life tasks, spend their free time(all their time) playing video game, watching YouTube, and partying.