Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Sheen One of Many Pleasure-Loving Americans

“But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power.” 2 Tim. 3

Charlie Scheen and many other Americans, if Ohio State University Psychology Professor Brad Bushman's research results are valid.
Bushman said he sees danger in this obsession with self-esteem. Research has shown that levels of self-esteem have been increasing, at least among college students in the United States, since the mid-1960s.

“American society seems to believe that self-esteem is the cure all for every social ill, from bad grades to teen pregnancies to violence,” he said. “But there has been no evidence that boosting self-esteem actually helps with these problems. We may be too focused on increasing self-esteem.”

Study co-author Crocker added, “The problem isn’t with having high self-esteem; it’s how much people are driven to boost their self-esteem. When people highly value self-esteem, they may avoid doing things such as acknowledging a wrong they did. Admitting you were wrong may be uncomfortable for self-esteem at the moment, but ultimately it could lead to better learning, relationships, growth, and even future self-esteem.”

The study was partially supported by grants from the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Read more about the Bushman-Crocker research here.


Susan Burns said...

Sheen obviously has a mental condition called Bipolar Disorder. It is devastating to the family of the sick person because it is almost impossible to get help. Bipolar looks like drug use to the uninitiated. What is sad is all America watching this downward spiral into mental illness and calling it entertainment.

Alice C. Linsley said...

It is very sad. I teach high school students and I wondered if they were influenced by his behavior, but they just think he's weird and they laugh at him. That's sad too. We shouldn't laugh at people who aren't well, but he invites ridicule.

I received your comment on Thoughts on Sex. Very thoughtful and passionate! I guess you deleted it later because it didn't appear at the post itself. Would you mind if I responded to the points that you raise at Just Genesis? I won't use your name. There were some other questions emailed to me and I would include them in a post next week.