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Kayak Anxiety and Other Greenland Illnesses

I was doing some research for a new book and came across some interesting stats.
For one, Greenlanders are the most depressed people in the world. This has little to do with colonization and westernization, but alot to do with living in a cold, inhospitable, isolated place. Also, culturally, it was largely forbidden to discuss one's troubles, as any shift in morale could destroy the clan. On top of this, was the added stress of group living, up to 12 sharing common dwellings, so privacy was impossible.

Only recently have Greenlanders, lead by the women, began to open up about their feelings, such as isolation, and worst of all, loneliness within a group (the worst type if you ever experienced it).

There are 3 principle known mental disorders in Greenland, that are traditional diagnosis. One of them struck me......it is called, literally KAYAK ANXIETY. According to the historians and locals, it is an irrational fear that your kayak is filling with water and you are about to capsize and die.

Seems about right, I KNOW exactly where they are coming from.

Just to dispel the myth that living in harmony with nature is good. Nature gives us HIV, opium, forest fires, earthquakes, lightning storms, hurricanes, tornadoes, gangrene, starvation, ice ages, black plague, freezing to death, falling into crevasses and of course, kayak anxiety.

I knew there was some reason I was playing more video games and expeditioning less with each passing year. Think I will keep my day paddles, leave the kayak anxiety at home.

Just some thoughts.......more paradox,,,,,,a life in harmony with nature, a death of the human heart is needed to sustain physical existance in a brutal, unforgiving place.

Just the stats here......rates of depression are the highest in the world. Ugghghg.

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Kayak Anxiety and Other Greenland Illnesses
I know the feeling.
Re: Kayak Anxiety and Other Greenland Illnesses *NM*
Without Seeing The Literature...
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Long nights
Good points Greg, but still...
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western values
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No, the Koran is work of contradictions
Alright, you are getting too far off topic
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Westernization?
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Boy, yet another thing to worry about ;)
Are you referring to "Kayak Angst"?
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No, this is another thing altogether
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same thing. Kayak Sickness...
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Is there any record of specialization?
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Re: same thing. Kayak Sickness...
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