Throughout the ‘hardtimes’ of a person’s life, they may face their difficulties with an attitude ofgenerosity and fortitude. When it comes to living in sickness, however, truehuman nature seems to reveal itself. When confined to the house, room, or bedwith a chronic illness, one becomes weak. Their misery will spread and infectthose around them as well. This weakness allows themselves to show the natureof humans, which is not the aforementioned strength, but selfishness as well asimpatience.YoungPeople Affected by Illness Chronic illnesseshave an extreme effect on the mindset of an individual.
Effected children andadolescents are subjected to developmental issues, worries of being sociallyunaccepted, and being uncertain of their future. Children have been observed toexperience more stress and far more changes in personality and behavior. Theirrisk for psychological disorders significantly increases in the presence of asevere illness. The limits put on chronically ill children, usually by parentsor doctors, destruct their concept of manners and ‘behaving’. This causes thechild to be quick-tempered and prone to tantrums. Human selfishness is theunderlying root of negative behavior changes due to sickness. As illnessweakens the body physically, humans have less energy to be able to hide ourselfish, impatient nature.
Sick people make their desire known and it is quiteobvious they don’t give much regard to anyone else. Individuals with a chronicillness are viewed as a burden on society by the vast majority of our population.It is the healthy person’s own selfishness that causes the sick to be aware ofeveryone else’s ‘not my problem’ attitude. Sickness has a monumental impact onthe person living in it, and alters every aspect of their life.IllnessImpacts the Family When a family member is suffering from a severe illness,the dynamic of their family will drastically change. Parents are primarily thecaregivers to their children while they are sick. Their role is a challengingone, as they face great tension between members of the family, high financialexpenses, and difficulty communicating with their child.
When the family viewsthese stigmas as unmanageable, relationships weaken, and stress accumulates.The parent’s perception of their child’s uncontrollable selfish behavior causesthem to believe there are disciplinary issues occurring. The common tendencyfor mothers who experience more elevated levels of stress due to their child’sillness is to view their behavior as deviant. A severely ill person willnaturally have more difficulty suppressing their selfish desires, but thisdrives a wedge between them and their apathetic family members. Siblings of thesick become ‘forgotten’ by their parents and they too may lash out in attemptsof receiving some attention.
Being around an ill family member causes the restof the family’s own selfish motives to surface.ChronicIllness and the Elderly Elderly people areoften diagnosed with chronic illnesses, making them even more aware of theirnumbered days. When most people hear the words ‘sick old people’ it can bequite obvious that they are the last thing anyone wants to be around. They arebelieved to be grouchy, rude, and miserable. And it is true, they are! Elderlypeople suffering from chronic illnesses often address people rudely, will makethreats if they can’t get what they want, and will even get physically violentwith people that are trying to care for them. Like many others that arechronically ill, older patients can try to put on the humble and serene façade,but it won’t last very long. Nobody wantsto be sick, and nobody wants to be in the presence of a sick person either. Whywould anyone want that? People want to be able to make their own decisionswithout any restrictions.
So, when chronic illness stands in the way of thatability, selfishness and impatience becomes very prominent.Conclusion Chronic illness causes humans to reveal their weak natureof impatience and selfishness. Behavior issues become prominent in individualsof any age. Young people and children especially develop psychological andbehavioral disorders as a result of suffering from a severe illness. The familybecomes frustrated and quick tempered as well.
There is also a severelynegative impact on the conduct of elderly patients. The overall loss of controlamplifies humans’ root of selfishness.