Thursday 15 February 2024

Arline Geronimus - Weathering: The Stress of Ordinary Life...

Unknown commented -

Interesting health perspective -

'Weathering', the stress effects of ordinary life within an unjust society, and how we are, most all of us, shaped by this

The idea we are rather 'weathered' by our societies, like objects left out in the wind and rain, and this often forms us as much as what we do individually

It was a brilliant idea of public health researcher Arline Geronimus in the 1980s She writes:

“Contrary to popular opinion and accepted wisdom, healthy aging is a measure not of how well we take care of ourselves, but rather of how well society treats and takes care of us.”

The concept is sometimes applied heavily re effects of racism on racial minorities but it has much general application

Interesting in many ways. One can see that even wealthy 'privileged' people are 'weathered' by their emotional wounds and dysfunctional relationships.

Arline Geronimus is still talking about what she intuited decades ago, here's a full video -

'Arline Geronimus - Weathering: The Extraordinary Stress of Ordinary Life in an Unjust Society'


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