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.