Sociocultural Determinants

  • Benjamin B. Wolman


From the beginning of life until its last moments, all living organisms do whatever they can in order to stay alive. Lust for life is the basic drive of all living organisms. All organisms fight to eat and not to be eaten, thus Ares, the Greek god of war, is the aboriginal symbol of survival. The basic biochemical energy of all living organisms is directed toward survival, but at a certain evolutionary level, part of this energy became invested in procreation or the preservation of the life of the species, as if the life of one individual continued through its offspring. From that time on, the lust-for-life drive split into Ares and Eros, the war and the love drives, respectively (Wolman, 1984).


American Psychiatric Association Behavioral Medicine Stressful Occupation Psychosomatic Symptom Psychosomatic Disorder 
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