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Why is it not good for your mind to live in high-rises all your life?

Asked by Aesthetic_Mess (7892points) February 4th, 2011

That is what I heard from someone, and she didn’t tell me why.
What do you think?

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troubleinharlem's avatar

Maybe because if there’s a fire, it’s harder to get out in time. It’s hotter in the summer (heat rises), and I also read in an article that “more serious mental health problems have tenuously been related to building height. In an English study, mothers who lived in flats reported more depressive symptoms than those who lived in houses…” It also says the suicide risk is higher.

Which I didn’t know.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Your feet aren’t on the ground? Figuratively, not literally.

syz's avatar

For your mind?? I think you should ask your friend for her source.

wundayatta's avatar

Sounds like a metaphor to me. @Adirondackwannabe is right. If you’re always in your head, you are disconnected from your body and from the world around you. You aren’t grounded.

I suppose that could be true literally as well. Way up high above the earth, you lose touch with the reality on the ground. That disconnection can be bad for you psychologically.

Coloma's avatar

Mind over matter I say.

Where ever you go, there you are.

If someone is prone to depression they will be depressed regardless of their habitat.

YARNLADY's avatar

I don’t agree with that opinion. Generations of people have lived in highrises their entire life with no negative consequences.

filmfann's avatar

I remember several girls at a party, years ago, talking about a poll that indicated that women who worked in high rises, between floors 60 and 69, had the wildest sex lives.
I have no idea if this is true.

Mikewlf337's avatar

It isn’t and anyone who says otherwise is full of shit.

Coloma's avatar

I think it has less to do with the high rise than the mega metropolis it is sitting in.
High rises are just symbolic of overcrowded, noisy, high intensity city environments.

It’s the environement that causes stress as a whole not the building one lives in.

I live in an extremely serene environment on property in a rural mountain environment.

I rented a high rise apartment for 2 weeks in Taipei city last March.

It was a novelty and I enjoyed it very much, but after 2 weeks in one of the biggest cities on earth I was so ready to come home to my peace and quiet.

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