If we put to one side mistakes such as not knowing the actual size of a unit of alcohol, it is apparent that our concern to retain a certain self-image is more important to us than our health. Yes, it would appear we have a greater investment in having our doctors think well of us than we do of our own wellbeing.
Really? Or could it be that we just want to avoid any more nanny-state nagging?
And not have to worry if there’ll be a comeback from the state in the form of even worse healthcare than we are currently subjected to?
A friend confessed to me that she would rather lie about her cigarette consumption than experience her doctor’s reaction to the truth. Another justified her denial of alcoholic excess by declaring it to be none of her gynaecologist’s business.
I’m with the second one there! It IS none of their business.
This over-investment in self-image at the expense of our own health is a symptom of narcissism. And narcissism has become the norm in our society. The proliferation of material things has become a measure of progress; wealth occupies a higher position than wisdom; and notoriety is more admired than dignity.
Speak for yourself, eh, Phillipa?
If we experiment with telling the truth to our doctor, perhaps it would not only be beneficial to our longer-term health but would also be a positive step towards, if not cleaning up our image, in cleaning up ourselves.
Well, if doctors demand truth, maybe they should start the ball rolling? Perhaps they could publish some scientifically-studied figures for those units, and not just ones they plucked out of their nether regions?
Physician, heal thyself…