Magazine article Work & Family Life

Fast Pace of U.S. Society Is Down Right Depressing

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Fast Pace of U.S. Society Is Down Right Depressing

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Cross-cultural studies show that the United States has a higher rate of depression than almost any other country. Why should this be so? According to Michael D. Yapko, Ph.D., author of Breaking the Patterns of Depression (Doubleday), there are many "depressogenic factors" operating in our culture such as information overload, a growing reliance on high-speed technology and a low tolerance for frustration.

"Embracing speed as a cultural value has advantages when you're dealing with things that can actually be done quickly, such as electronic mail," he writes in Psychology Today, "but it has a profound disadvantage when applied to other domains of life, like building a relationship."

Dr. Yapko suggests that the following skills can counter some of those societal factors:

The ability to recognize and tolerate ambiguity. In many situations, there's no single correct answer but, rather, a variety of possibilities. …

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