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Retain yer individuality

Offtimes will the [great] individual be challenged by the masses and their perception of truth; they will grasp at you, beg you, even, to join them. Lo! Nay, do not join the masses! You ought to own yourself for you, yourself, will die your own death. Your life is yours and ought not to belong to ill witted masses. 

Think for yer self and be rational
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From: Sociology: The Study of Human Relationships, Holt McDougal.

Question: Why would a teenage boy lock himself in his room and hide from society?

They don't go to school. They don't go to work. Some don't even leave the rooms that they've retreated to. They are hikikomori sufferers of a Japanese syndrome of the same name, which means "withdrawal." The term reefers to a person who confines himself or herself to the home for at least six months, with no outside social life. Some experts estimate that 1 million Japanese youth, about [80% male], have become hikikomori. Psychologists are not sure what causes hikikomori. Some think it is the pressure to succeed, a cultural expectation made difficult by Japan's sagging economy, which has made full-time work harder to find. Instead of facing possible failure, hikikomori abandon the goals and norms of Japanese society and retreat, a behavior the culture at large cannot understand. 

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My input:
Economic and the sociocultural norms may probably are a factor in producing hikikomori but, I figure, mental struggles may be a part of it as well. The estimate from above states that 1 million hikikomori are estimated to be within Japan; 1/128 million is closer to 1% than to 0%. America seems to have 1% of its population suffer from social anxiety (Kessler, Berglund, Demler, Jin, & Walters, 2005*). So, both countries have a similar percentage of a population suffering from a social disorder. This is how I draw the conclusion that the hikikomori syndrome to be similar to that of severe social phobia/anxiety. I, myself, am a sufferer of social phobia and can closely relate to the average hikikomori, I think. Rarely do I ever leave my house; I haven't a social life. This being so, I just read, play games, and post posts.  

#psychology   #socialanxiety   #hikikomori  

* How Common is Social Phobia?
Quite common. While the exact prevalence of Social Phobia remains to be determined, a recent survey of approximately 9,000 Americans suggested that approximately 12% of the general public will experience social anxiety to a clinically significant, diagnosable degree at some point during their lives (Kessler, Berglund, Demler, Jin, & Walters, 2005).
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Unfortunately, many determinants in who we are dependent upon many variables that we are unable to control. 

Does this prevent freewill?
Personality types are not solely a determinant of genes if cultural diversification can play a role.

The environment which we 're brought up under can influence our personality type. The climate we are raised under can contribute to our personality type.

If climate is partly responsible for our physical structure then how we are perceived in the world will also influence our character. 

We know from studying nature that coffee beans that are grown in the highest altitude taste different from those that are naturally grown on the plateau. The difference reside within the ingredients that are found in the soil. 

Coffee beans that are grown in higher altitude will harness more sunlight than those found in lower altitude.

Therefore, there's a natural relationship that can be depicted between people who are born under different climates along with their social environment.

The characteristic of a person is also the byproduct of their educated values.  From my observation I've realized that people who are more educated bear greater chances of developing better character when values have been well balanced.   

The ability for a person to make the right choices however can require that they have some basic understanding of a pre-condition.

The failures that have led us to the wrong choices may have been the result of being misinformed.

But we could not have ended that the person has a bad character for having made a wrong choice unless the choice is not reversible. 

At this point the person is simply ignorant of the truth, and because of it more likely to carry the wrong attitude when confronted with the facts.

Thus, to get rid of ignorance would require of us that we go through the struggle of rejecting the misinformation for the acceptance of practicabilities that are demonstrable, for that may not be an easy task. 

The characteristic of a person is better demonstrated when that person is well knowledgeable about the actions they've been conditioned through life journey to take, but not when they've been misinformed.

Culture can shape the characteristic of a person. People who were brought up under different cultures will share different attitude on how people ought to be treated. 

For example: If you never experience poverty you won't know how hard it is to live with minimum wage. Thus, your attitude towards increasing the minimum wage will differ from someone who has gotten paid minimum wage while growing up.  

In this case, your character is shaped by your experiences. Hence, you are more likely to be compassionate with people's  struggle when you've experienced struggle.         
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Should Torture be "Legalized" nationally and internationally in times of War ? or under extenuating circumstances ? 

What's your philosophy on that ?


"Since long before George W. Bush became president, torture or complicity in torture has been a felony under U.S. law..." *

* http://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=10728

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Nations_Convention_against_Torture

http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/part-I/chapter-113C
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