Escapism

3 years, 6 months ago

Is it unhealthy?

February 25, 2012 at 2:57 pm
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Profile photo of Jason Jason (107) (@thinknowlivenow) 3 years, 6 months ago ago

If it prevents and/or hinders progress, I would say yes. Escapism is at its worst when people start living in circles, taking up things like drinking and over-socialization to help soothe the symptoms of a deep issue rather than confronting it head on. People who work dead end jobs to pay for things they don’t need tend to follow this pattern.

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Profile photo of Sasho Stoyanov Anonymous (2,649) (@) 3 years, 6 months ago ago

You’ll never survive without hate. The misconception nowadays – Love means hate and love together. Aaaand it’s finished.

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Profile photo of Auston Auston (18) (@baptiste) 3 years, 6 months ago ago

love does not mean hate. and you can easily survive without hate. Just like the monks who dedicate their life to peace, you can dedicate yourself to a life without hate.

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Profile photo of Sasho Stoyanov Anonymous (2,649) (@) 3 years, 6 months ago ago

Auston, there’s a reason why the monks are not among wild animals who eat human flesh. :)

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Profile photo of Peter Peter (149) (@searchingforthetruth) 3 years, 6 months ago ago

Escapism is natural. You “escape” reality every time you watch television, drive a car and forget the last mile you drove..or day dream.

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Profile photo of St Emilion St Emilion (2,912) (@manimal) 3 years, 6 months ago ago

@Peter Nothing is more natural than tv and cars haha

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Profile photo of Peter Peter (149) (@searchingforthetruth) 3 years, 6 months ago ago

Hahah true.. maybe natural in our technological society. I think one should practice more of recognizing every time they do escape…I can definitely see the benefits in that.

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Profile photo of hannahjl hannahjl (0) (@hannahjl) 3 years, 3 months ago ago

I think escapism can be healthy if it isn’t overused. For example, it can good to ‘escape’ into a book when you feel overwhelmed as long as you don’t use it as a substitute for dealing with real life. Escapism can come very naturally for some people as a part of who they are (e.g. Introverts) and therefore it’s healthy in cases like that.

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Profile photo of Dreamer Dreamer (24) (@heartbeat) 3 years, 3 months ago ago

@unstoppableobject, If you do it too much it results in trouble in real life, but there are people who make a living out of escapism, like artists for example, they escape life to find creativity inside. If you escape life once in a while I think it’s actually healthy because you don’t get caught up in the daily routine, the daily motion, and you can start your engine all fresh again. It’s like going on a vacation to recharge your battery. If you do it once in a while it has its benefits.

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