I Agree, We Westerners are Pretty Dang Weird

by Marilyn on September 1, 2010

I just read an article in the National Post about how psychologists are discovering that most of what we Americans consider to be settled psychology is based on the weird thought processes of Westerners. And quite frankly folks, we’re extremely weird, compared to the rest of the world. Americans are especially so. Besides being obsessed with competition, red meat, nudity and obscenity, Americans (and other Westerners) insist on sleeping by themselves in separate beds. Other people in the world don’t do this. They sleep in big piles together like puppies. They don’t send the babies off to a dark room to sleep by themselves. They also don’t have nearly as many sleep disorders as we do.   (see the article at Google Books)  Hmmmm. Go figure.
Of course, I like how one of the scientists in the study mentioned that all cultures are probably weird in themselves. We just have to realize that our normal just ain’t all that.

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Rhonda Kelley September 6, 2010 at 5:04 pm

I agree. The American/western mythos is total independence and self reliance. So we have to sleep alone to learn to be independent and prove ourselves not afraid of the dark. 😉


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