What do entitlement and addiction have in common? Why does this matter to businesses, or manufactured housing professionals?
According to PsyBlog, Spring.org.uk, “From their review of over 170 studies, the researchers found that entitlement creates a vicious cycle :
- Entitlement creates feelings of disappointment.
- Disappointment leads to anger and other strong negative emotions.
- The negative emotions require the person to reassure themselves they are special.”
Millennials have been called the generation of entitlement.
A study from The University of Hampshire suggests that millennials born from 1988-1994 are more likely to have this trait. They scored 25 percent higher than people ages 40-60, and 50 percent higher than people who are older than 60.
Dr. Joshua Grubbs, the study’s first author, told Spring: “At extreme levels, entitlement is a toxic narcissistic trait, repeatedly exposing people to the risk of feeling frustrated, unhappy and disappointed with life. Often times, life, health, aging and the social world don’t treat us as well as we’d like. Confronting these limitations is especially threatening to an entitled person because it violates their worldview of self-superiority”,
Entitlement Can Lead to Addiction
One of the 9 types of entitlement, according to Psychology Today, is believing that the rules that apply to others don’t apply to you. In many cases, it’s this kind of thinking that leads people to try things they shouldn’t, like drugs.
“Drug use is on the rise in this country and 23.5 million Americans are addicted to alcohol and drugs. That’s approximately one in every 10 Americans over the age of 12 – roughly equal to the entire population of Texas,” says DrugFree.org
According to Axios, employers and economists estimate that between 25 and 50 percent of applicants either refuse or fail a pre-employment drug screening.
That clearly impacts businesses, including those in this industry. The impacts of these issues also touch communities and others in a variety of direct and indirect ways.
There’s also a steadily increasing number of people who do not work due to illness or disability. American Addiction Centers believes that 5.4 percent are not working due to addiction.
Keeping the Sick, Sick Keeps Money Flowing In…
“In 1991 I was hired by the now defunct Alcoholism Clinic of The University of Cincinnati. I was hired as an Agency Relations Specialist,” actively retired minister and manufactured home advocate, Donald Tye, Jr. told MHProNews.
“As a Counselor I found another dynamic that was really scary,” Tye said.
He explained that many institutions want to see that addict come in, that they “needed them on drugs…The University needed it as much as the Church needs people to sin, pay tithes, and come to confession.”
Unfortunately, as we see the number of addicts increase in the current opioid epidemic, Tye’s findings hold a weighty truth.
“Today, I see the same situation going on with Heroin, Opioids, Fentanyl. etc.” There are forces in this “country that have at its root a desire to keep people sick…Politicians, Crooked Preachers, Swamis and Snake handlers all drink from the same trough.”
Through failure to reform, government programs are essentially keeping the millions in this country “sick.” As a previous report reflected, SNAP and some programs are like fly-paper, they may help, but they also can become a trap.
While there are a number of signs of improvement – and policy initiatives are in play – there are not yet enough opportunities for millions of individuals and families to improve their situation financially. Hopelessness can be the result.
HUD Secretary, Dr. Ben Carson has touched on this theme of health and housing several times. Do the reports and facts noted above tie into Carson’s and Rev. Tye’s points?
Tye and others believe that there must be a pro-active effort to get to the root issues that hold the millions, the nation in general, and manufactured housing specifically, from achieving their unique potential. # # (News, analysis.)
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Submitted by Julia Granowicz to Daily Business News for MHProNews.