Freedom, responsibility, and health. Commentary.
Freedom and responsibility, how much of each and how they are balanced, have profound implications for our personal lives and for our work.
The health of a population and its achievement in the workplace are enhanced when individuals have some freedom and some responsibility, but not too much of either, and when civil associations of individuals rather than individuals acting alone are the essential social units.
The consistent association of social contacts with health and productivity provides strong support for the premise that intimate relationships are the focus around which people's lives revolve.
Membership of a « social network » may be merely conforming to a reigning social norm, and this could mean having to pay an important price in the loss of creativity associated with individualism.
But social conformity should not prevent individuals from going their own way, and it should be possible to combine the luxury of individuality with an active life in civic affairs.
Less than complete freedom may fall short of existential utopia, but it may be best for our health and wellbeing.
Mots-clés Pascal : Liberté, Responsabilité, Santé, Facteur efficacité, Association, Sensation, Bien être psychologique, Homme, Politique sanitaire
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Freedom, Responsibility, Health, Effectiveness factor, Association, Sensation, Psychological well being, Human, Health policy
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0075116
Code Inist : 002B30A01B. Création : 21/05/1997.