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The Cultural History of Stress

Wednesday 12 February, 5.30-6.30pm, £5


‘Modern life is so much more stressful than in the past!’  How often have you heard this?  But is it really true, or do we just use ‘stress’ as an easy explanation for a multitude of ills? In this talk, author and historian Dr Jill Kirby will explore how people understood and explained their responses to the troubles of life, before the concept of stress existed.  You’ll also find out how the experiences of Mass Observers in the late 20th century illustrate the changes to work, consumption and everyday life that have helped make stress ubiquitous today.
 

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Wednesday 12 February, 5.30-6.30pm, £5


‘Modern life is so much more stressful than in the past!’  How often have you heard this?  But is it really true, or do we just use ‘stress’ as an easy explanation for a multitude of ills? In this talk, author and historian Dr Jill Kirby will explore how people understood and explained their responses to the troubles of life, before the concept of stress existed.  You’ll also find out how the experiences of Mass Observers in the late 20th century illustrate the changes to work, consumption and everyday life that have helped make stress ubiquitous today.