There are some controversial laws and taboos in different societies. I will start with examples so you can better undestand what I will say and ask.
Sexual consent laws.
Imagine a situation where both minor (not virgin and knowing what sex is) and adult want to have sex with each other. But laws say adult must be punished for doing that. Whatever they do they either are unsatisfied or live with fear of being punished (at least adult does).
Same as previous but the only fear comes from being punished by parents (as usually minors only are involved in incest) and treated as "wrong" people by society. Again if they don't do it they feel themselves unsatisfied.
This one is not even about interpersonal interaction and I am not talking even about minors. Yes, there are countries where some drugs (considered not too harmful) are not banned. But there are countries (and majority of them) where even weak drugs are banned.
I am not talking about those who have drug addiction (this one is a controversial term, though).
I consider a person:
- Being aware of possible consequences.
- Having a desire to experience it.
Again they have a choice to do it illegally or not to do it. Both choices can have different outcomes.
In given cases we might see that the choices are either unsatisfaction or fear. From my intuitive point of view they may result in neuroses and even justify irrational behaviour thus making people less rational in everyday life.
But is there any research that answers my question formed in the topic?