Skip to content

More on sadness

March 1, 2010

A couple of days ago I wrote a little bit about sadness. Here’s a little update on this topic . . .

“The problem, though, is that as a society, we’ve come to see depression as something that must always be avoided or medicated away. We’ve been so eager to remove the stigma from depression that we’ve ended up stigmatizing sadness.”

The above is a quote from an article in the most recent Times Magazine, which I think is interesting. The article is great and raises some important tough issues about mental illness. Do we romanticize it? Do we over treat it? The smartest part of the overall message may be that we have this term, “depression,” which is a catchall for so many different kinds of sadness–some very normative and some very destructive. I will say that I do not fully endorse this evolutionary model–it seems to be trying to fit a square peg into a round hole.

Ok, onto to happier topics. . .

No comments yet

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: