Central salutogenesis question:
There is a central health issue in the concept of salutogenesis. This central question has to do with our attitude. We do not (only) ask ourselves: What made this person become ill? We ask ourselves together with the sick person:
What will make you get and stay well?
Hippocrates said that people are ill because they stupidly do many things that prevent them from getting well.
So we keep on asking questions like:
- What makes you get well?
- How can you infect yourself and others with health?
Health, Stress, and Coping, Aaron Antonovsky
Israeli social scientist Aaron Antonovsky achieved international fame when his salutogenesis concept turned many assumptions that had been taken for granted in medicine until the late 1970 upside down. Antonovsky proposed asking the question “what makes and keeps people healthy?”
This question inevitably leads to a spontaneous inner search process in every person. Attention is focused on the health-promoting circumstances. And this is a decisive step towards recovery.