Summary Of Ethan Watters The Nature Of Stress

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In the article “Mega Marketing in Japan” Ethan Watters describes the tragic issue of suicide in Japan, while in “The Nature of Stress”, Selye describes the idea of stress and the misconceptions society has had about stress. These two articles significantly correlate to one another as one progresses through the readings. It becomes evident that the reason behind the consistent suicide issue in the Japanese society was due to their misconceptions of stress. The key to depression is the overwhelming stress that one can face; therefore the misconceptions of stress could very well lead to the general unawareness of depression that the Japanese society possessed. In “ The Nature of Stress” , Selye explained how stress is not necessarily a reaction …show more content…
This could be extremely difficult to imply to the Japanese society. The Japanese society has immensely high societal expectations, especially concerning academia as the highest suicide rates, specially among the youth is when schools typically reopen, this could be because of the extremely high academic expectations of the children and young adults from the educational institutions and the parents. Along with the immensely high societal expectations, an individual begins to accumulate expectations for themselves, in a society like Japan those expectations are usually almost impossible, therefore, Selye’s smart theory of how one must find their own level of stress could very much clash with the expectations mentioned above as while one cannot do the impossible most Japanese individuals are raised to believe that they should believe that they could do the impossible in order to do what’s near impossible. “ Fight for your highest attainable aim but do not put up resistance in vain” were two sentences in which Selye describes how one should find their own level of stress, while the Japanese society knows not to put up resistance in vain they believe it is the correct thing to do in order to reach their …show more content…
Selye describes “ Qualitatively different agents of equal toxicity or stressor potency do not necessarily elicit exactly the same reactions in different people.” If two completely different people were obligated to take an exam; their reaction to this new obligation may be extremely different; therefore this could have served as evidence to the Japanese that stress, at all levels is normal and not concern worthy while their definition of depression, is very much recognizable and possesses the same pattern of behavior. Additionally, Watters describes how “ Cultural beliefs about depression and the self are malleable and responsive to messages that can be exported from one culture to another.” This could possibly be proof to the theory that the misconception of stress in Japan is the reason behind the misconception they possessed on mental illness, as Watter explains how the definition of mental illness is malleable, therefore is within the society’s hands to determine. In this case due to what they perceived about stress could have lead to what they falsely perceived to be mental

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