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Low Mental Defense and Accidents


A husband, weighed by tensions at work, was on his way home. While he was crossing the road, he gets knocked down by a cyclist.  A new mother, going through postpartum depression, slips and falls in the kitchen.  One thing is common with these two people:  Their mental defenses are down or at an all-time low.  

Research shows that 1 in every 29 people are accident-prone.   What makes the others not accident prone?  Are there some special traits to identify them?  Yes, the French scientists, after years of studying railway workers, came up with three traits. They are people who are agreeable, dependable, and open.   People who are agreeable are not selfish and aggressive; people who are dependable are usually responsible and act according to their conscience; and people who are open tend to be friendly, sociable, and usually warm.  

What causes our mental defenses to go down? Depression, anger, guilt, etc., can breakdown our mental defense and get us into trouble.  When a person’s mental defenses are down, he/she is more likely to be knocked down by a slippery rug on the floor.   When we are under stress due to worries, guilt, anger, loneliness, and depression, we are more in the mood for getting into trouble, and we can become temporarily accidental prone.   

A decade-long study on ‘accidents and its causes’, conducted by doctors at a university in the USA, found that more than 75% of all accidents are not accidental at all.   After an accident, the doctors want us to think back on the state of our mind just before the accident.  Don’t they seen to happen when you fell letdown, angry, guilty or depressed about something?  

The young people who are still growing physically, mentally and emotionally, are plagued by accidents often the older, mature adults.   The study found that this tendency – accident-prone tendency -- usually diminishes as they age and begin to love themselves and others more.

So, to avoid accidents inadvertently, let us deal with our guilt, anger, worries, anxiety and depression.  Let us not carry those in our heart because they weaken our mental defenses.  So let us focus on our mental well being and increase its defenses by valuing and loving ourselves and others, because no one can be responsible for our mental well being except us.

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