You may have noticed that some people have responded very differently to new rules on lockdown and social distancing. Some seem appalled. Other reassured. What might account for these differences?
With residents in ten Melbourne postcodes banned from non-essential travel until at least July 29, the need for continued vigilance is clear.
Coronavirus Responses Highlight How Humans Are Hardwired To Dismiss Facts That Don't Fit Their Worldview
Bemoaning uneven individual and state compliance with public health recommendations, top U.S. COVID-19 adviser Anthony Fauci recently blamed the country’s ineffective pandemic response on an American “anti-science bias.”
Living behind a glass wall can be lonely. You can see the others out there, yet you somehow remain separated from them. Your wall may be called "I'm not good enough" or "No one understands me or loves me". These glass walls have a way of magnifying the negative. Yet whatever you see through the wall is only the...
Here's Why Some People Are Willing To Challenge Bullying, Corruption And Bad Behavior, Even At Personal Risk
Two Theranos employees – Erika Cheung and Tyler Shultz – spoke out about their concerns regarding the company’s practices, even though they knew they could face lasting personal and professional repercussions.
There have been numerous reports of people deliberately licking products and surfaces in supermarkets and filimg it. These “licking videos” are then often posted on social media sites like TikTok, Snapchat or YouTube for all to see.
The traditional bar is a complex social space and serves so many functions.
Everyone has experienced guilt at one time or another. In fact, millions of people are burdened by feelings of guilt of all sorts.
One of the hallmarks of obsessive-compulsive disorder is contamination fears and excessive hand-washing.
For the last three months, around two million people have “shielded” themselves against the novel coronavirus by staying indoors, on recommendation of the UK government.
Think back to life before stay-at-home orders. Does it feel like just yesterday? Or does it seem like ages ago – like some distant era?
As we slowly emerge from government-imposed lockdowns, we find ourselves forced to renegotiate some of the spaces that used to be the most familiar to us.
Tribalism has become a signature of America within and without since the election of President Trump. The nation has parted ways with international allies, left the rest of the world in their effort to fight the climate change, and most recently the pandemic, by leaving the World Health Organization.
States are beginning to open up their economies after successfully slowing the spread of the coronavirus. Much of the credit for that goes to Americans dutifully following prescribed behavior.
From churchgoers to nursery school children, video calls, conferences and quizzes have become a lifeline at this time.
Since Republicans, on average, are five times more likely than Democrats to believe it’s safe now to resume normal business activity, reopening the economy has often been framed as a partisan issue.
A very large number of people in the UK have been complying with coronavirus lockdown rules and staying at home, according to recent study.
What’s important to appreciate about resistance is that it is often not intentional but the result of what’s going on in the more subtle, hidden parts of your unconscious mind. Most people I meet are usually aware of the surface-level results of resistance, but they live unaware of the underlying reasons as to why they resist and end up feeling the way they do.
When the UK became the European country with the highest number of COVID-19 deaths earlier this month, there was renewed criticism of how it had handled the crisis.
Even if we escaped getting sick from the coronavirus, we are all sick of staying at home, practicing social distancing and wearing masks.
As well as attacking immune systems, COVID-19 has severely disrupted every aspect of society. It has altered the way we work, play, learn, exercise, shop, worship and socialise.
Across Europe, schools are opening, cars are back on the roads and people are returning to their daily commutes on public transport.
The media is replete with COVID-19 stories about people clearing supermarket shelves – and the backlash against them.
Have you noticed grabbing an extra bag of chips at the supermarket? Or eating more frozen dinners than you used to? Or even eating snacks that you haven’t eaten since you were a little kid?
Fiction is a powerful force in shaping social understanding and, in the 20th century, a number of novels shaped philosophical discourse and influenced the way people think about the world.
Consider the following brain teaser: A bat and a ball cost $1.10 in total. The bat costs $1.00 more than the ball. How much does the ball cost?
For many people, the most distressing part of the coronavirus pandemic is the idea of social isolation.
The effects of the coronavirus pandemic will be “imprinted on the personality of our nation for a very long time,” predicted Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Humans are intensely social creatures. We all need company and social contact. But for many of us, being at home for long periods with a small group of people – even those we love best – can become frustrating.
There remains near-universal backing for the coronavirus lockdown among the UK public. In our study, nine out of ten people support the measures, including seven out of ten who strongly support them.
Amid the global spread of COVID-19 we are witnessing an increased focus on gathering food and supplies.
This is a confusing and, frankly, scary time for a lot of us. There’s so much contradictory information, and the “right” thing to do yesterday is now the “wrong” thing to do today.
As we do whatever we can to stop the spread of coronavirus, we are being forced to change old habits and mundane daily acts, such as avoiding shaking hands and touching each other.
Social distancing is both necessary and hard. If my Facebook news feed and anecdotal experience in my own family are at all representative of larger trends, adolescents are especially feeling the pain.
The Dalai Lama caused quite a stir at the 2009 Peace Summit in Vancouver. He said that “the world would be saved by Western women.” His statement received a range of responses, but many women found it empowering, and it catalyzed women-focused initiatives.
During one of my daily walks with my toddler, when we passed his favorite playground, I noticed a new sign warning that the coronavirus survives on all kinds of surfaces and that we should no longer use the playground.
Certain traits of little kids’ play could signal future aggressive and antisocial behavior, researchers report.
With the coronavirus pandemic quickly spreading, U.S. health officials have changed their advice on face masks and now recommend people wear cloth masks in public areas where social distancing can be difficult, such as grocery stores.
Early indications suggest more men are dying from COVID-19 than women – although some countries, including the UK, are not publishing data on this.
In an address on Wednesday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison expressed his dismay at the hordes of “panic buyers” sweeping supermarket shelves clean across the country:
New Zealand has now reached a midway point of a comprehensive four-week lockdown and there have already been some rule breakers.
People are currently being bombarded with reports of the daily death toll from coronavirus. Practically every news website and channel displays the number prominently at all times.
The world as we know it may never be the same. The global economy has slowed, people are living in isolation and the death toll from an invisible killer is rising exponentially.
Even in normal circumstances, it can be hard to get motivated to do your schoolwork. But these are not normal circumstances.
Social distancing to combat COVID-19 is profoundly impacting society, leaving many people wondering whether it will actually work. As disease ecologists, we know that nature has an answer.
People who are starved for love go out and try to get attention! Now some people may do that by becoming prominent in a constructive way by being in theater, media, or the top in their field. Others choose another route.
It's Tempting To Drink Your Worries Away But There Are Healthier Ways To Manage Stress And Keep Your Drinking In Check
In these difficult times, it’s not surprising some people are looking to alcohol for a little stress reduction. But there are healthier ways of coping with the challenges we currently face.
Responding to the coronavirus pandemic, most American universities have suspended all campus activities. Like millions of people all around the world, the lives of students all over the U.S. has changed overnight.
So, who knows exactly what's going on right now? I've reviewed videos, read blogs and articles and books, accessed a variety of news sources, mainstream and sidestream, watched YouTube videos of doctors and economists, listened to informed and anxious friends, and I'm no closer to knowing for sure than before.
Thinking under extreme time pressure is not optimal, but it is inevitable that we will find ourselves in this situation at times. It is always best not to rush and get seduced by mental shortcuts. Use all the time available to you in making a decision.
Australians who have tested positive to COVID-19 have been advised to self-isolate at home.
I once worked for a rather abusive woman who constantly berated, belittled and badgered her employees -- me included. If any of us sought to stand up for ourselves, we were chastised and told in no uncertain terms that we were insecure whiners who should appreciate we had a job in the first place.
Health care professionals keep say to avoid touching your face as protection from COVID-19, but it’s a lot easier said than done.
The other day I went into Costco to buy some toilet paper. It came as a small shock when I couldn’t find a single roll.
At one time or another, just about every parent uses food to reward their kids for good behavior and achievements – or to console them when they’re sad or disappointed.
The problem is that our lower brains are not equipped to adapt to the multiple demands and complexities put on it by modern living. So this primitive mechanism quickly goes into overwhelm and never turns off.
“If you can’t be better than your competition,” Vogue editor Anna Wintour once said, “just dress better.”
Amid the carnage of the First World War, a flu epidemic took hold in the front-line trenches and subsequently spread around the world, infecting one-quarter of the world’s total population and ultimately killing more people than the war itself.
Recent days have brought reports of shoppers clearing out supermarket shelves from Wuhan and Hong Kong to Singapore and Milan in response to the spread of coronavirus.
Every habit has its weight. Over time, the gravity of our routines gets heavier, making change increasingly difficult. The phrase, "You can't teach an old dog new tricks" pretty much sums it up.
Unpleasant things happen in life. They happen to everyone. The only difference between a happy person and one who gets depressed is how they respond to disasters. Imagine you have just had a wonderful afternoon and when you return home, you find a huge truckload of dung has been dumped right in front of your door...
Young people are demanding change. In the last few days, young Indigenous activists and their supporters blocked parliamentarians in Victoria, B.C., from accessing the provincial legislature and led waves of protest across the country.
Racism has negative consequences for children’s health. It harms the kids who experience it personally and those who witness it, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, an organization that represents 67,000 doctors who treat children.
Even the most emotional person uses rational thought when deciding, and even the most rational person is affected by emotions when making decisions.
We all feel the oppressive presence of rules, both written and unwritten – it’s practically a rule of life.
In a recent study that we conducted, 29% of romantically involved Facebook users had a “couple” photo as their current profile picture.
‘The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts.’
Advertisements for gambling and online betting tell us to “gamble responsibly”. But what does this mean in reality? And how can you gamble responsibly online when another bet is just a click or swipe away?
Everybody knows that firstborns are natural leaders, middle children are rebels and the baby of the family is spoiled yet confident.
Learning To Live In The 3-D World: Boundaries, Relationships, and Overcoming The Influences Of Childhood
One of the greatest gifts that evolutionary empaths give to the world is an open, loving heart. We are deeply committed to holding the vibration of love and heart-centeredness on this planet, often to our frequent detriment when we walk the path unconsciously.
Relying on intention and willpower to stop drinking, even for a short period, is not usually enough.
By not limiting their own phone use, parents and other caregivers may be unwittingly setting kids up to be addicted to screens.
Understanding how humans learn is one key to improving teaching practices and advancing education.
Most people have an aspect of their personality they’d like to change, but it may be difficult to do so without help, according to a new study.
During the mid-winter break, many vacationers head south to sandy beaches and turquoise waters.
It started as a New Year’s resolution driven by guilt and a touch of sibling rivalry – but by the end of the year, it taught me valuable lessons as a teacher, including about the benefits of failure.
Most of us would admit to feeling shy from time to time, or anxious about public speaking: the larger the crowd the greater the terror.
In the wake of the collective outpouring online, sexual harassment is now a topic of everyday discussion.
Researchers have developed a new simple blood test that can tell the time in your body—which might be very different from the time showing on the clock on the wall.
About one in six people in England report experiencing anxiety or depression in any given week, and depression is a major cause of disability worldwide.
Chimpanzees, human beings’ closest animal relatives, share up to 98% of our genes. Their human-like hands and facial expressions can send uncanny shivers of self-recognition down the backs of zoo patrons.
Two new papers may provide new insight into a set of behaviors known as callous-unemotional traits.
The most prominent reason users of all ages reach for their device is not to work, but to “zombie check”.
Trains. Who doesn't love riding on a train? And "switching tracks" is such a perfect metaphor for taking charge of our lives. As Lao Tsu famously said, "If we don't change direction, we'll end up where we are headed."
Come February, 80% of people will have given up giving up. So what can we learn from the 20% who make it?
We as humans, just like the wildflowers, must bend and flow to the demands placed upon us by our environment. The body's ability to maintain an inner balance in the face of changing conditions of our environment...
A survey this year revealed that Australians, on average, spend 10.2 hours a day with interactive digital technologies. And this figure goes up every year.
More than 80% of people who make New Year’s resolutions have already given up on their goals by February.
Come January, 40% of Americans will make New Years resolutions, and nearly half of them will aim to lose weight or get in shape.
“I will definitely give up smoking – that’s my New Year’s resolution,” she stated emphatically as she thumped her fist on the table to underline her determination. “All very well”, I thought, as I sat opposite her in my medical consulting room in October.
It’s that time of year when people make their New Year’s resolutions – indeed, 93% of people set them, according to the American Psychological Association.
In the field of psychology, the image is canon: a child sitting in front of a marshmallow, resisting the temptation to eat it.
Life is made up of countless decisions. The idea of nudging people in the right direction, instead of relying on their internal motivation, has gained traction over the last decade.
Imagine the scene – gleeful children ripping open presents, harassed parents surveying the carnage of once-tidy homes, disgruntled relatives muttering disapproval into their third glass of sherry.
Christmas is notoriously a time of indulgence: there are all of the chocolates, cheese boards, mince pies, nuts, crisps – and that’s after you’ve already eaten your own body weight in Christmas dinner.
The amount of “stuff” that moves in and out of households during the Christmas season is staggering.
We lack self-trust because of the countless times we sold ourselves out, abandoned ourselves, ignored our intuition, refused to take appropriate action, forfeited our power. So, lacking self-trust, we are left to the hopeless device of trying to make everyone and everything conform to our need to feel safe.
“Dark patterns” meant to push people shopping online into spending more are startlingly common, according to a new study.
In October 2019, a 14-year-old and an 18-year-old were charged with first-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of Devan Bracci-Selvey, who died in his mother’s arms outside his southern Ontario high school.
Using a mathematical framework with roots in artificial intelligence and robotics, researchers have uncovered the process for how people make decisions in groups.