So what does infantilization mean?
When a government treats people as though they are incapable of thinking for themselves because the government views people unintelligent to think for themselves, thus incapable of caring for themselves. The philosophy of this brand of government is it will take care of the people, always.
The government treats people as children.
As an aside, it stands to reason certain benefits are required, temporarily, when people experience hardship. These are for individuals who are able-bodied, those without mental health conditions, and others with psychological issues albeit functioning well. Conversely, there are individuals who require certain benefits a lifetime due to their physical/mental health conditions. Benefits are an infrastructure, safety nets, which are a must.
Returning to the subject, there are generations in families not understanding how government has caused wreckage in their lives.
The following are psychological issues associated with infantilization:
The vulnerable can have a lack of –
- Healthy self-esteem;
- Imagination, creativity;
- Healthy coping mechanisms, and
Infantilization promotes –
- Unfulfilled advancement in life;
- Contempt for excellence;
- Anger management difficulties;
- Divisions within groups and external groups;
- Prejudice, and
- Unrealistic expectations.
Finally, this brand of government exploits people instead of encouraging them to engage in personal development, and develop and hone skills for becoming as self-sufficient as much as possible.
Let us eliminate the following particulars from guilt:
- Social media platforms (i.e., Facebook, Twitter, etc.);
- Political ideology, and
- The individual’s socioeconomic aspects.
The blame is on individuals who are out of control because of:
- A dangerous mental health, for whatever reason;*
- Personal failure, whether real or imagined;
- Narcissism (i.e., A need to feel/appear important);
- Lived in an unhealthy environment during the developmental years;
- A cruel desire to take advantage of the distance among members on the social media platform(s), and
- Saved the best for last: A serious relationship with God is non-existent.
When these individuals enter society, all of us are subjected to their ill behaviors.
And sometimes the results are tragic.
*There are individuals angry for the sake of being angry. The anger serves a purpose.
Projects have a way of taking on a life of their own. The larger the scope, the higher the potential for disappointing results. Therefore, many projects never come into fruition.
Team members need to possess resiliency, a trait numerous inventors had long ago. They kept re-tooling until their creations worked appropriately for the masses.
Finally, there are projects an individual can agree and disagree with, simultaneously. Critical thinkers recognize nuances, after all. However, when people laugh, snicker, applaud bad results, these are miserable behaviors for young people to emulate when we consider the time will arrive when they, too, will experience disappointment of one kind or another in their development years, and adulthood.
*A strong effort is never a failure.
Thoughts concerning a previous administration are not important. How the ACA was initially implemented is neither here nor there. The perception of Medicaid to the casual observer is inconsequential.
Saving lives is the objective!
As we all know, the opioid epidemic in America is a mental health problem. Families are losing loved ones from this addiction. The numbers are tremendous.
Therefore, it is paramount that the ACA and Medicaid programs are expanded to help individuals help themselves with drug therapy and other tools these programs make available.
It would become detrimental to have the programs decreased/removed entirely for current enrollees. It is analogous to a highly effective prescribed medication leaving the market, suddenly, without a proven alternative as a replacement.
Do No Harm is an important aspect within the mental health community. It is a must that school of thought is adopted/enhanced by those who do the People’s work.
Since the January 10, 2014 posting, Psych Central: “Antibodies in GI Tract Linked to Greater Risk for Bipolar Illness”, research on gut bacteria has increased exponentially regarding how good bacteria plays a positive role for the mind and body, and in particular cognitive difficulties that can manifest from unhealthy bacteria. The following are links for additional literature concerning both kinds of bacteria:
Microbes Help Produce Serotonin in Gut (California Institute of Technology (Caltech.edu), April 9, 2015)
Immune system uses gut bacteria to control glucose metabolism (Science Daily, November 14, 2016)
Gut microbiome contributes to Parkinson’s, study suggests (MedicalNewsToday.com, December 2, 2016)
Likely Connection Between Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and the Gut Microbiome (Psychiatry Advisor, May 17, 2016)
The Gastrointestinal Tract Microbiome and Potential Link to Alzheimer’s Disease (US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health – Frontiers in Neurology, April 4, 2014)
The tantalizing links between gut microbes and the brain (Nature, International Weekly Journal of Science, October 16, 2015)
The following resource is a brief presentation by Dr. Samuel Hunter:
[VIDEO] “Gut Bacteria and Multiple Sclerosis”