Sense of Coherence



Often we point out the problems and the mishaps in our social lives. The patogene processes are thus often in focus. Aaron Antonovsky (1923-1994) presented his model for the salutogene processes: the person’s ability deal with stress and promote health. Central in this are the concepts of manageability, comprehensibility and meaning. Antonovsky had studied how some persons became sick under stress and others could cope with stress.

   (salus (Latin) = health, genesis (Greek) = origine)



A rag-rug in Swedish tradition, is a carpet you weave of old clothes and fabric from your own home. It is a way of re-using torn out clothes and telling the stories of the past.


The idea of this activity is that you work out examples from your life, showing from where you come, what has been important in your life – let us give you the example.


The drawing below is of an imagined carpet, rag-rug. It is constructed by birth dates of three families. Each date is telling about the family members life and deeds. For instance 12.7.13 is the grand mother of 18.9.86 and she told her grand child about the mountains of the north, from where she came to the low land on the east coast. A big change for her.


21 - 4 - 1997

1 - 3 - 1998

21 - 3 - 2000

06 - 10 - 2002

03 - 1 - 2008

19 - 5 - 2010

21 - 3 - 2014

12 - 5 - 2017

11 - 12 - 2019

04 - 9 - 2021


Make your own rag-rug.

The central idea of the activity is to work with the concept of identity and how this can be recognised.

How is our identity constructed?

The example above was taking down birthdays of family members.

You can choose for instance songs you like, from childhood and forward, places you have visited, people of importance you have met, books you have read, films you have seen, food you like and so on.

Rag-rugs tell our lives, repeatedly and differently.


 Choose one topic and create your rag-rugs on paper or digitally below. 

 Present and talk about your rag-rugs in the group.