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Aspects Of Hysteria In America, Brazil, Germany, And Africa

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One way to look at hysteria of the sort commonly found in individualistic societies such as America is to note that with the decline of faith in individualism as a social ideology, decline in faith that money can buy happiness, decline in faith that acquaintanceship leads to strong social camaraderie, as well as the results of individual sources of unhappiness, the result can be extreme hedonism, experimentation with sexual identity and serial monogamy. Reactions to stress in Africa may tend towards the individualistic forms, just like in America, but more likely are the more collectivistic forms reflecting the collectivistic traditions innate to African cultures. One can say that Americans have a romanticized view of achieved status, even one as modern as that found in Germany, have a romanticized view of ascribed status, at least concerning the family and old friendships dating back to childhood.

Keywords: Africa; America; Germany; hysteria



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