The architects of social welfare, in their wildest dreams, would never have imagined that the objectives of the welfare state could produce such an extraordinary number of people with social and mental disabilities. How did our transparent, orderly and modern welfare state form public habit and build culture of dependency? Why did the social welfare become a collective mindset in feminist literature not only across the Nordic countries but also in continental Europe and the United states? What does psychology teach us about social welfare and poor mental health? How do we change the circumstances?

The Welfare Epidemic is about the story of welfare driven-societies and their journey throughout several decades, struggling to convince the outside world about the power of an idea in action. This book is about the biography of this idea and the best way to understand the relationship between the subsidy-taxation model and poor mental health. The subsidy-taxation distribution is the guiding principle of all welfare societies that transforms and maintains life through either subsidies or high taxes. In psychological terms, it is about stimulus and response for navigating an avoidance-avoidance conflict, which is a dilemma between two undesirable choices.

The Welfare Epidemic is not about wrapping stories to make things work out in your mind, neither is about a journalistic dramatization of facts and fiction. It is about the mystery of the welfare-driven societies in order to stimulate your imagination, create a sense of reality and develop an alternative solution. The Welfare Epidemic suggests that there is no aspect of personal and social life which elicits more harm, more fear and more anxiety than a failed version of reality. This book gives a graphic insight into the culture of dependency and the daily life of immigrants and natives who are more suffering than benefiting from the social welfare system. What most people have lost in the course of decades is functional relationships, family bonds, reasonable taxes, financial independence, inspiring job and sustainable employment relation,

all of which are the best indicators of life satisfaction. Among the significant subjects you will find in this book:

• New research finding, references and real stories showing why and how social benefit and poor mental health positively interrelated.
• Statistical facts and data indicating unregulated migration, segregation, dissatisfaction, gambling, public drunkenness, brain drain, radicalization, breakdown of family and community, single parenting and crime.
• Biographical materials explaining how our transparent and admired welfare state has moved the natives and immigrants out of financial hardship into emotional poverty.