On Coronavirus Lockdown? Look for Meaning, Not Happiness


From The New York Times: “The coronavirus pandemic has not just threatened the physical health of millions but also wreaked havoc on the emotional and mental well-being of people around the world. Feelings of anxiety, helplessness and grief are rising as people face an increasingly uncertain future — and nearly everyone has been touched by loss. A nationally representative poll conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation finds that nearly half of all Americans — 45 percent — feel that the coronavirus has negatively affected their mental health.

Which raises a question: Is there anything people can do to cope with the emotional fallout of this confusing and challenging time?”


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  1. We cannot “compare” people to one another.
    Time and again people like Victor Frankl are used as an example.
    No one knows whether he was rescued just a few days before his “resilience” faltered.
    EVERYONE has a breaking point. That is proven when psy torture is used in prison on the most
    resilient people.
    It sounds much like a failing, if people are referred to as not resilient. Comparisons make people feel even worse, and that is what studies do.
    Perhaps “resilience” can also be chalked up to lack of sensitivity.

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