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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.


Example 1.

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).

Example 2.

Incest taboos.

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.

Example 3.

Drug laws.

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:

  1. Being aware of possible consequences.
  2. 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?

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  • $\begingroup$ This has the beginnings of a good question; but first of all, with example 2 incest does not always involve any minors. Then onto your statement "From my intuitive point of view they may result in neuroses and even justify irrational behaviour thus making people less rational in everyday life.", can you please point me to what research lead you to this point of view? $\endgroup$ – Chris Rogers Apr 22 '18 at 22:32
  • $\begingroup$ @Chris, neurosis can be caused by frequent or long-term frustration since it may be a self-defending mechanism that "helps" to hind from society that causes frustration. $\endgroup$ – rus9384 Apr 22 '18 at 22:44
  • $\begingroup$ I don't know that there are research papers on neuroses arising from restrictions such as these, however, the laws have been put in place to prevent neuroses and psychoses arising from actions arising from lack of consent or lack of knowledge due to immaturity, inexperience or lack of information. $\endgroup$ – Chris Rogers May 13 '18 at 7:36
  • $\begingroup$ You may wish to look at Gillick Compentence and Fraser Guidelines $\endgroup$ – Chris Rogers May 13 '18 at 7:41

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