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Bernadette N. Setiadi: Promoting cross-cultural psychology

  • Setiono Sugiharto

    Contributor

Jakarta   /   Sat, July 24 2010   /  09:10 am

Rampant social ailments plaguing the country have caught the attention of social psychologist Bernadette N. Setiadi. JP/Setiono SugihartoThe professor said she was afraid that pornography and the inexorable rise of corruption among state officials will harm young people and lead to “learned helplessness” — a psychological condition where people behave helplessly, even if there is an opportunity to avoid destruction.“If social diseases such as corruption linger and remain unresolved, I fear that young people
will be absorbed into the worst of what we’re facing now, abandoning their lofty ideals and becoming apathetic,” Bernadette told The Jakarta Post.Bernadette said what is desperately need to arm young people to fight corruption is an ideal role model for emulation. She lamented the lack of such a model in contemporary society. She criticized inconsistent state officials...