A recent study, authored by Dr. Ryan Brown, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Oklahoma, has confirmed that a mindset called “culture of honor” is linked with high rates of accidental deaths.
“Culture of honor” is a belief that one must defend his or her reputation at any cost. It is found in men and women, is most prevalent in Southern and Western states, such as Texas, South Carolina and Wyoming, and is more common in rural areas.
The more a person believes in this culture, the more likely they are to engage in risky behavior. Because of a higher risk behavior, this culture can be also be blamed on more than 7,000 deaths a year, from accidents such as car crashes, drownings and over-exertion.
Along with the belief that one must protect their reputation, showing off and demonstrating toughness is also a factor in these accidental deaths.
Brown did note that becoming aware of the culture may help reduce the behavior, even if it is part of the culture, he said, “we have a will, we have a choice.” The article also notes that the behavior is kept going partly by the false belief that others believe in and live by the same code.
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