I have been considering this concept for a couple month's now and wanted some feedback. There are multiple points, feel free to ask for clarification. In the course of my career I have witnessed many deaths from a variety of mechanisms of injury and feel that I am mostly unfazed by them; I did not initially feel this way and only did after a fairly lengthy time. I have also had to deal with the witnesses of these deaths and family of the victim and the mental trauma it caused.
I propose that we have become less able to emotionally and psychologically deal with death and loss as a society as compared to ancient times. I believe our reactions to death and loss are far greater than those of our ancestors because we do not face it as often. I believe we have isolated much of the act of dying from the public through the actions of hospitals and paramedics. We have also dramatically reduced death rates in general, specifically in children and with certain diseases such as diabetes. Dying for the most part has become a hidden thing and because of this people are not as used to people dying as they would have been in ancient times. An example I can easily think of is with child birth, despite being a tragedy the loss of child and mother was very common until recently if you look at the history of medicine.
I have met many paramedics who are bothered by what they have seen and developed issues such as PTSD despite seeming death and trauma regularly. I have also met many families that have required some sort of crisis intervention to minimize the negative aspects of their stress reactions despite being relatively minor in the eyes of someone who deals with similar events often.
Getting to the point, would a person from a society with a much higher mortality rate have a better ability to cope with death and the stress of a traumatic event than our society?
I find this equally interesting. If you agree that stress and grief reactions are greater in modern society; is it a bad thing?
Edited by Javril, 28 April 2010 - 02:52 AM.