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Wisdom of the Body

Oct 24, 2023

Wellness expert Heather Grzych interviews medical anthropologist Dr. Tess Bird about how humans respond to uncertainty: the condition or experience of not knowing. They discuss types of uncertainty, why people have different tolerances to uncertainty and ambiguity, and the desire to control and fix. They cover how adults and kids can avoid going down the spiral of anxiety and sustain their wellbeing during transition and change. They also discuss how anthropological research is valid and useful, even though it is different than most other scientific research.

Tess Bird has a doctorate in anthropology from the University of Oxford where she conducted anthropological research with households facing major life transitions in the Northeastern United States. She later conducted a study on uncertainty and wellbeing with over 80 households in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. She's a former Mellon Fellow in Writing for the Social Sciences at Wesleyan University, where she taught courses on uncertainty, environmental change, and writing. Tess currently works as a scientific editor and is working on a book about finding wellbeing in uncertain times. 

Heather Grzych, AD is the author of The Ayurvedic Guide to Fertility and the host of the Wisdom of the Body podcast. A board-certified Ayurvedic Practitioner at the Ayurvedic Doctor level, Heather serves on the Board of Directors for the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) and has been a consultant for doctors, governments, and insurance companies. She offers virtual consultations and programs worldwide.  


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