About Adoptee Rage

Statistics Identify large populations of Adoptees in prisons, mental hospitals and committed suicide.
Fifty years of scientific studies on child adoption resulting in psychological harm to the child and
poor outcomes for a child's future.
Medical and psychological attempts to heal the broken bonds of adoption, promote reunions of biological parents and adult children. The other half of attempting to repair a severed Identity is counselling therapy to rebuild the self.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

What Is Social Well Being? Unknown To The Adopted Child

ADOPTEE RAGE!


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The well-being of adopted children is socially considered "Guaranteed" in the society's view of child adoption. Although each of the fifty states in the U.S. publish yearly, a compiled and combined report to congress titled "The Maltreatment of Adopted and Foster Children" which supplies the years statistics of abuse and deaths of foster and adopted children police and coroner's death reports from each state. In 2000 the U.S. Census began to track populations of adopted, foster and non-biological children in family census data reports to assist in identifying the number one population at risk for child abuse and death by homicide. The surfacing truth and risk for abuse and death of non-biological children send a clear message of reality to the public's denial of non-biological children's risk of death where they were believed by society to be special and wanted but at risk for being murdered by the parents and caregivers that are paid to care for their adopted welfare.

Below is a map of social psychology measures in personal contentment and well-being in the general public, which non-biological foster and adopted children stand outside of these norms, social values and concerns for psychological growth constituting what it means to achieve personal well-being.

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SOCIAL WELL BEING:
Well-being or welfare is a general term for the condition of an individual or group, for example their social, economic, psychological, spiritual or medical state; high well-being means that, in some sense, the individual or group's experience is positive, while low well-being is associated with negative happenings. To be in a state of well-being.

Background in well-being

Although there has not been a clear definition established for well-being, it can be defined as “a special case for attitude”. This definition serves two purposes of well-being: developing and testing a [systematic] theory for the structure of [interrelationships] among varieties of well-being and integration of well-being theory with the ongoing cumulative theory development in the fields of attitude of related research”. One’s well-being develops through assessments of their environment and emotions and then developing an interpretation of their own personal self. There are two different types of well-being: cognitive and affective.

Cognitive well-being

Cognitive well-being is developed through assessing one’s interactions with their environment and other people. "Welfare Economics" ultimately deals with cognitive concepts such as well-being, happiness and satisfaction. These relate to notions such as aspirations and needs, contentment and disappointment". People tend to assess their cognitive well-being based on the social classes that are in their community. In communities with a wide variety of social statuses, the lower class will tend to compare their lifestyle to those of higher class and assess what they do and do not have that may lead to a higher level of well-being. Whenever someone interprets their needs and wants as to being satisfied or not, they then develop their cognitive well-being.

Affective well-being

These are the different levels of affect on well-being: “high negative affect is represented by anxiety and [hostility]; low negative affect is represented by calmness and relaxation; high positive affect is represented by a state of pleasant arousal enthusiasm and low positive affect is represented by a state of unpleasantness and low arousal (dull, sluggish)”. Well-being is most usefully thought of as the dynamic process that gives people a sense of how their lives are going, through the interaction between their circumstances, activities and psychological resources or ‘mental capital’."or "You may say that it is a state of complete wellness.

Psychology in well-being

The correlation between well-being and positive psychology has been proven by many social scientists to be strong and positive one. According to McNulty (2012) “positive psychology at the subjective level is about valued subjective experiences”. Well-being is an important factor in this subjective experience, as well as, contentment, satisfaction of the past, optimism for the future and happiness in the present. People are more likely to experience positive psychology if they take in the good things in each experience or situation. Even in the past if a person only focuses on the negative the brain will only be able to recognize the negative. The more the brain has access to the negative the easier, it becomes because that is what is more memorable. It takes more effort for the brain to remember the positive experiences because typically it is the more smaller actions and experiences that are the positive ones. James McNulty (2012)  research looks at this idea a little bit closer. She argues that, “well-being is not determined solely by people’s psychological characteristics but instead is determined jointly by the interplay between those characteristics and qualities of peoples social environments”. When people have well-being they are experiencing a sense of emotional Freedom. There is nothing negative that is holding them back from experiencing positive emotions. This is true if a person is in a certain setting because it has been proved in a past research that a certain setting can hold a lot of memories for an individual just because of what was shared their and the mean of it. For this “well-being is often equated with the experience of pleasure and the absence of [pain] over time”. The less psychological pain an individual is experiencing them more he or she is going to experience well-being.
When someone is positively well-being they are also experiencing a few other things. It involves a sense of self-fulfillment, which is the feeling of being happy and satisfied because one is doing something that fully uses your abilities and talents (Merriam-Webster). The feeling of having a purpose in life and connection with others are also contributors to the idea of well-being. When people feel as though they have a [purpose] in the world they feel like they belong. They feel like they matter and it goes back to he idea that we were created for and by a purpose.

Education and well-being

When talking about the school system, the idea of well-being gets a little foggy. It is argued that school should only be about learning and education but kids learn so much about social skills and themselves in school. When a child feels like they belong they are more likely to perform better in school. As well as being taught an education, they have to learn how to believe in themselves and create a purpose for themselves. If well-being is established in kids at a young age then it is more likely to play a part in their life as they get older. John White (2013) looked at public schools in Britain now and in the past. In the past schools only focused on knowledge and education but now Britain has moved to more of a broader direction. They started a program called Every Child Matters initiative, that seeks to enhance children's well-being across the whole range of children's services.

Subjective well-being

 Subjective well-being is “based on the idea that how each person thinks and feels about his or her life is important”. This idea is developed specifically in a person’s [culture]. People base their own well-being in relation to their environment and the lives of others around them. Well-being is also subjective to how one feels other people in their environment view them, whether that be in a positive or negative view. Well-being is also subjective to pleasure and whether or not basic human needs are fulfilled, although one’s needs and wants are never fully satisfied. The quality of life of an individual and a society is dependent on the amount of happiness and pleasure as well as human health. Whether or not other cultures is subjective to their culture is based on what kind of culture it is.  Collectiveistic cultures are more likely to use norms and the social appraisals of others in evaluating their subjective well-being, whereas those [individualistic] societies are more likely to heavily weight the internal [frame of reference] arising from one’s own happiness”.

Ethnic identity and well-being

 Ethnic Identity plays a crucial role in someone’s cognitive well-being. Studies show that “both social psychological and developmental perspectives suggest that a strong, secure ethnic identity makes a positive contribution in cognitive well-being”. Those in an acculturated society are able to feel more equal as a human being within their culture, therefore having a better well-being. This is also a crucial aspect when adapting to a new society.

Individual roles and well-being

Individual roles play a part in cognitive well-being. Not only does having social ties improve cognitive well-being, it also improves psychological health. Having multiple identities and roles helps individuals to relate to their society and provide the opportunity for them to contribute more as they increase their roles, therefore creating a better cognitive well-being. Each individual role is ranked internally within a hierarchy of salience. Salience is “the subjective importance that a person attaches to each identity”. Different roles an individual has have a different guidance to their well-being. Within this hierarchy, higher roles offer more of a source to their well-being and define more meaningfulness to their overall role as a human being.
The aspects addressed by MAP in order to improve one's mental health are indicated below:
  • Develop your potential
  • Feel a greater sense of control over your life
  • Develop a sense of purpose
  • Experience positive relationships
  • Be more productive and engaged
  • Have more positive thoughts and emotions like interest, confidence and affection.
  • Increase your attention span
  • Generate more ideas
  • See the bigger picture more easily
  • Be more creative and flexible in your thinking
  • Experience the state of Flow