Women Studies Notes

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Emptiness as a human condition is a sense of generalized boredom, social alienation and apathy. Feelings of emptiness often accompanydysthymia,[1] depression, loneliness, despair, or other mental/emotional disorders such as borderline personality disorder. A sense of emptiness is also part of a natural process of grief, as resulting of separation,[disambiguation needed ] death of a loved one, or other significant changes. However, the particular meanings of “emptiness” vary with the particular context and the religious or cultural tradition in which it is used.[2] While Christianity and Western sociologists and psychologists view a state of emptiness as a negative, unwanted condition, in some Eastern philosophies such as Buddhist philosophy and Taoism, emptiness (Śūnyatā) is a realized achievement. Outside of Eastern philosophy, some writers have also suggested that people may use a transitory state of emptiness as a means of liberating themselves for personal growth Everyone would have come across the emptiness syndrome some or the other time.   The reason for this may be that a person is not occupied or if a person thinks that he is being treated as an outside person in family.  This is mainly experienced by females and seen more in housewives.  This feeling will be there in most of the women at some stage of their life, but when there are responsibilities, feeling of emptiness will not be there, but when woman turns 50 this would turn into a problem.   By that time, children would grow up and have their own families and due to the job they would be moving away from her and so emptiness develops.  This would be a cause for the mental emptiness and this is a normal problem and would occur to almost everyone.  This need not be recognized as a syndrome.  If this grows bigger then this would be severe and the affects of it would leave the person confused and in some persons this may lead to depression.  This stage should not be neglected and it should be treated properly.  Physical changes due to age and hormonal problems in menopause increase the severity of the problem. Emptiness syndrome in India

The emptiness syndrome was mostly seen in the foreign countries, but in the last couple of decades this problem was seen in India also and mostly seen in women who finished all their responsibilities as a housewife.  The life of a housewife revolves around children and her main   recognization is as a mother.  In this situation, if the children go to other countries or to other cities for job purpose then the mother feels lonely.  If the elder child goes out then it would not be so affective, but if the last child goes out of the home then the mother feels lonely.  This stage would be present for one to two weeks.  After that the mother also should analyze the facts and should pursue some or the other hobby. Illness without cause

If the son goes to foreign country then the mother would expect that she should get a daily report of what the son is doing there and if that does not happen due to his own family problems, then the mother feels hurt.  Some people feel lonely even though they are in a group because the reason is that they are mentally far away from them.   This is seen in men generally.  These men would generally get engaged to their hobbies by evening they go to the clubs and thereby increase the gap between the family members.  The wife waits for him all day and when he comes back late night this increases the gap between both of them and they develop emptiness.  Both of them suffer from the same syndrome and neither one of them would want to come out of it and therefore the intensity of the problem increases. If the children go away from home and if the emptiness is utilized in a positive way it is a blessing.  Till then, they might be busy with the kids and could not have taken care of them and now if   time is there then she can join in activities like yoga and lead a happier life and similarly because of time...
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