English Essay 2

English Essay 2 - Houston Scarborough English 151 The New...

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Houston Scarborough English 151 The New Yorker Prof. Finlayson – 1,432 words Paying for the Fix As Americans we are by our own misfortune, lazy. For most situations there is an answer, or a quick solution. We are problem solvers, but at the same time expect our own complications to be taken care of immediately. We are the quick fix culture. Jerome Groopman’s article “Crybabies” and Judith Thurman’s article “The Fast Lane” probe the dynamics of emotional fixes versus psychological fixes. Jerome Groopman’s “Crybabies” finds the ideal quick fix cure for colic to be against conventional wisdom. Mother’s want the quick fix for their colicky babies, and the desire for this quick fix is a function of their motherly instinct. The “quick fix” is the automatic answer to predicted and unpredicted problems which are spoils of today’s society. Groopman recognizes this in saying “We expect doctors to provide not only a name and an explanation for our suffering but a prescription-advice, a drug, a procedure- for alleviating it” (Groopman 47). Being catered to is the new American way. The parents of colicky babies are equally tormented and victimized by the illness. Groopman finds that “The parents of previously colicky infants were found to be more dissatisfied with family life” (54). If a cure is to be found, it will cause a wide array of effects, starting with parents and leading to family life. Rather than curing colic medicinally, the most effective way to cure the illness is hidden within practicality, eliminating the idea of “quick fix”. Contradictory to a mother instinctively lunging for her crying baby, Barry Lester believes “instead of (mothers) going to their babies every time they cry, they need to teach the babies to soothe themselves” (52). Crying places parents under emotional 1
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distress, beginning the parents’ search for a “quick fix.” Pamela High, a pediatrics professor who believes “we teach moms with colicky babies is that this unhealthy symbiosis needs to be broken” (53), reinforces the self-soothing method introduced by Lester. A mother’s immediate response to her baby’s cry may cause a weakening in her baby’s subconscious will to calm itself. There are other views regarding the same
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