I have a hypothesis that in the UK we don't have a very sociable culture and that this contributes to the number of people in UK society with anxiety disorders... I am generalising ofcourse and to make this kind of assertion I have to but this is untested so please hear me out. I am quite prepared to admit I might be wrong.
I lived in mainland Europe for a long time and as someone who's really into their sociology, I observed so much that I observe here in the UK and I can't help but make comparisons...
In the UK, I find people are quite socially awquard when compared to the Spanish, Italians and French. That a lot of interaction depends on the consumption of alcohol. That people talk at others, rather than actually conversing. I find the culture here has become very show-offy and we are, as a country, getting further and further away from our authentic selves. This is on top of the fact that being in the Western world, we are also individualist and quite selfish when compared to say, traditional Asian mind-sets for example.
Does anyone else on here feel this way? Does anyone else think that teaching school children the art of conversation, social rules and self-esteem, we might pave the way for less anxiety in the future?
I am British and lived for 7 years on the continent. As a bit of background. I am proud to be English and would rather not go down the race path in this discussion. These are my honest thoughts.