(The following excerpt from Society’s Self-Destructive Addiction To Faster Living by Dr. Stephanie Brown recently appeared on nypost.com. To view it in its entirety click on the link below.)
A patient arrived late, tossed his cellphone on the sofa and pleaded: “Can you help me control my phone? It’s ruining my life.”
What is supposed to help us is hurting us. What is supposed to free us ends up enslaving us. That’s the paradox of addiction. Whatever the lure, it seems so good, so positive, so helpful and so harmless. And then we’re hooked.
So is society. Caught in a chaotic, frenzied spiral of a new addiction, people are chasing money, power, success and a wilder, faster pace of life. Just like any addiction, people are out of control in their behaviors, feelings and thinking, yet they believe they are normal.
This is progress in America. You always move forward and there are no limits to how far you can go or how fast you can get there. Don’t pause, don’t reflect. You win or lose. You’ll fall behind and fail if you stop moving. Fast at any cost is the mantra of a stressed and distressed American society today.
Over-scheduling and double-booking have been signs of progress and belonging for two decades. Practices that used to cause embarrassment became proudly rationalized as multi-tasking, a new skill to master. You juggle 10 plates while you brag about your 90-hour week and pop your Ambien to get to sleep
Dr. Stephanie Brown says that in America, “progress equals fast, which equals success, a recipe for addiction.”
This is success in America. Progress equals fast, which equals success, a recipe for addiction.