posted on Aug, 30 2007 @ 10:51 PM
Hope this isn't offensive or anything but I've noticed in my life a lot of people that totally disreguard their health, get sick, then seek
everyone's attention. This attention they get really could be reinforcing the behavior to a degree in some people. Besides difficultly in changing
unhealthy habits, I often wonder what psychological thoughts contribute to unhealthy behavior. Do some people get sick due to the attention they get,
or do people engauge in unhealthy behavior because they want to die at some level? I can't believe that in so many cases it's just a matter of
ignorance and/ or addiction that leads to unhealthy behavior.
Here's an example, my uncle died a little over a year ago from cancer and he was a long time smoker. He had a great family, three amazing kids, his
oldest was married and about to have a baby. He died about 2 months before the baby was born. Considering how much he lost, I wonder why he made the
choices he did (besides addiction). I know this case is not unique by any means but it's something that I sometimes think about.
Another example is someone I know who got a mild ear infection and pretty much told everyone in sight about it, including some of my friends who
really couldn't care less. It's like they carry their disease around as a pet to show off or something.
If anyone has some research about this, I'd really like to see it. I've heard some healthcare workers talking about similar things where patients
don't want to get better. Patients that have insurance want to stay sick so they can continue to have time off from work, sympathy from friends and
family, free lodging and food ect. This is something that should really be studied, it's really a sick thought process.
[edit on 30-8-2007 by ghaleonx128]