Thai Culture: 3) Crazy Goals Drives People Crazy

Some people can't let go and it drives them crazy

Some people can't let go and it drives them crazy

Comment by Terry/Tavivoot

A great many Thais are depressed for a variety of reasons-like politics and the economy. According to the latest study,  depression is linked to “being stuck” in going after goals that is just out-of-reach. And good mental health is linked to the ability to be flexible on goals.

Look around at some of the goals of people around town and also your own goals, and ask yoursefl is it better to “let go” or is it better  “not to let go” when it is clear as daylight, that the goal is bringing on craziness. 

 

By The Economist

Based on a study published in this month’s issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology

Carsten Wrosch from Concordia University in Montreal and Gregory Miller of the University of British Columbia studied depression in teenage girls.

They measured the “goal adjustment capacities” of 97 girls aged 15-19 over the course of 19 months. They asked the participants questions about their ability to disengage from unattainable goals and to re-engage with new goals. They also asked about a range of symptoms associated with depression, and tracked how these changed over the course of the study.

Their conclusion was that those who experienced mild depressive symptoms could, indeed, disengage more easily from unreachable goals.

But the new study also found a remarkable corollary: those women who could disengage from the unattainable proved less likely to suffer more serious depression in the long run.

Mild depressive symptoms can therefore be seen as a natural part of dealing with failure in young adulthood. They set in when a goal is identified as unreachable and lead to a decline in motivation. In this period of low motivation, energy is saved and new goals can be found. If this mechanism does not function properly, though, severe depression can be the consequence.

The importance of giving up inappropriate goals has already been demonstrated by Dr Wrosch. Two years ago he and his colleagues published a study in which they showed that those teenagers who were better at doing so had a lower concentration of C-reactive protein, a substance made in response to inflammation and associated with an elevated risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Dr Wrosch thus concludes that it is healthy to give up overly ambitious goals. Persistence, though necessary for success and considered a virtue by many, can also have a negative impact on health.

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