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Depression, How Secularism And Individualism Leads To It.

Don’t get me wrong, we all love the comfort of modern society. There is nothing quite like being able to order the latest edition of your favourite magazine online or going across the street to eat food from a far-flung place. It does however, have its set backs. Particularly, when it comes to mental unease such as depression and anxiety. Here are two aspects of modern society that can cause depression and anxiety.

How Secularism Leads To Depression And Anxiety

Secularism is defined as the indifference to or outright rejection of religion. Most of the modern western world is secular in as much as they have separated church from state and formed a set of civil and social rights that support the independence of the individual. Secularism has saved us from many of the oppressive aspects of religion and allowed marginalised groups such as women to attain more rights. It is in many ways seen as something that goes hand-in-hand with the progression of modern society. It does however have one flaw, the lack of perspective. It is this that causes much of the depression felt by people in modern society.

Religion helps to keep our lives in perspective. When the chips are down and we feel like everything is going against us, religion has an uncanny way of keeping our eye on the big picture. Without it there is nothing to relativise our troubles, allowing the smallest of mishaps to cause us the greatest of pain. When we feel down it can be hard to see the big picture if we have nothing to remind us of what it looks like. Left to our own devices, we will wallow in our self-pity until we drown in it. In secular society, depression is more common than not.

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How Individualism Leads To Depression And Anxiety

Modern society is not only secular but also very individualistic. We are all capable of going it alone and achieving our destiny without the help or support of others. Belonging to a group or community would be seen as a failure and the ordinary life, a curse. From a very young age we are taught to believe that there is a great adventure in the future, which will undoubtedly go well, and that all of it will be our doing. In the modern age, we are all the main character in a romantic film or action movie, never part of the ambience. Our egos are so bloated that they are bound to burst at the slightest of pricks and when it all goes wrong we are left there, alone. In order to avoid this and stave off depression, we must enjoy the notion of collectivity, that we are a part of a heard rather than a single entity, because if we were all to be a single entity consumed with ourselves, no one would be there to give us the attention we are looking for. Embrace the group.

Philip Andersson

Life Coach

Cross Culture Therapy


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Philip Andersson – Life Coach

Philip Andersson is a life-coach who is currently studying to become a psychotherapist. He treats people suffering from depression, phobias and anxiety. Having been raised in Hong Kong and having lived in England and Japan as an adult, Philip also treats people who are overcome with feelings of displacement and rudderlessness associated with a global-nomad lifestyle such as Third Culture Kids, Cross Culture Kids, Migrants and Asylum Seekers.

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