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Coronavirus Pandemic: The next day and social relations!!

"After the crown, the world will never be the same". It has been heard from many lips and so much that it has become a commonplace. The world will not be the same. But how will it be?;…..

What will be the effects on humans and society?, beyond economics and politics, of this "invisible mighty" virus; This is still unknown and as such causes mixed feelings.

APE-MPE addressed to the associate professor of the Department of Psychology of EKPA Vassilis Pavlopoulos, to illuminate as much as possible the blurred post-colonial image of the world at the level of social relations.

"It would be utopian to expect that people's social attitudes will not change, after a world-wide traumatic event ", stresses.

"Fundamental rules of hygiene, such as hand washing, established in times of health crisis. Popular social scenarios, such as handshake and kiss, indicate a high degree of confidence that people can share their germs, so they went back to previous epidemics. Maybe this will happen again. But because these are powerful ecumenical symbolisms of emotions (B.C. love) and ideal (B.C. Irene), it's only a matter of time before they dominate again. ".

The feeling of threat pushes societies into introversion

On whether the global community will be prepared to take joint action and respond to similar phenomena that may hit it again in the future, Mr.. Pavlopoulos, emphasizes that “common problems do not necessarily imply joint management. Experience so far shows that the feeling of threat pushes societies into introversion. We note that in the COVID-19 pandemic the leaders of the powerful states have shown little interest in cooperation., while the role of international organizations is almost symbolic.

"Moreover, the socio-demographic profile of victims emphatically shows that the threat of the disease may be global, but her treatment has a "class" sign. In addition to the elderly and immunocompromised, vulnerable groups include the poor, minorities and people with limited access to resources and poor sanitation ".

The pandemic will not necessarily make us better people

Mr.. Pavlopoulos estimates that "the pandemic will not necessarily make us better people. History teaches that there is no such thing as collective learning. In other words, the notion of the linear evolution of civilization is a fallacy. Of course, that doesn't mean we're going to get worse!».

In my opinion, "The stakes after the crisis are not in the 'small' things, but in the "big": We will do something about the incredible inequalities created by world capitalism or we will let the vulnerable groups pay the price again.; We will reclaim the rights we have willingly ceded in the name of security and protection, or we will accept that they will dominate our lives. 2-3 multinationals;»

How will we react once the measures are lifted?

"I am convinced that the initial denial and the subsequent shock of the arrest will be followed by relief., the embodiment of repressed emotion, trying to forget and return to a "normality" that will certainly not be the same because we will not be the same. In personal level, it matters if one suffers from the pandemic, B.C. if he fell ill or lost a loved one. "I confess that there is a big difference between starving myself and living in a place where people are hungry," says Brecht..

To conclude, however: "After all, it doesn't matter so much to others if I'm hungry, but it's very important that I'm against hunger. ".

"This model of social solidarity will be the bet of societies in the post-COVID-19 era.. Moreover, as social anthropologists find, it's care - not technology, religion or whatever- the earliest trace of human civilization ".

What will be left for us

"The short-term imprint will definitely be that of the injury. The effects of prolonged exposure to stress are not so noticeable in the critical period that the body is using all its strength to cope., as long as the pressure factor recedes. Psychosomatic symptoms, emotion disorders, drug abuse, but also various forms of abuse I fear will increase. That is why it is important to have a strong support for psychosocial support structures. Moreover, if anything this pandemic could teach us, is the importance of a human-centered welfare system and the need for scientific central planning and robust public health infrastructure. I'm sure many will try to forget these lessons because they just cost money. ".

The different behavior of some towards the coronaio

But we are still in quarantine and some are defying the restrictive measures. Why is this happening;

"Motivation for similar behaviors can be quite different. Some people believe that they are less affected by the hypothetical average of society: "These things happen to others", they say.

In fact, the "others" are often invested with deviant characteristics (B.C. are physically / mentally ill or minorities) to "shield" ourselves from the possibility of resembling them and, therefore, let the same bad things happen to us.

Another interpretation focuses on denial as a stress management strategy.

Similar -unfortunately, just as ineffective- Strategies are rationalization, "magic" thinking or belief in conspiracy theories.

In all these cases the source of the stress is degraded or shifted to external factors (B.C. scapegoats), to reduce internal discomfort ".

Maintaining social relationships through technology

"Can you imagine how much more painful our forced confinement would be if we did not have telecommunications that allow us to maintain our social relations?"; The introduction of any new technology into everyday life creates challenges.

The ability to adapt is primarily a sign of intelligence and characterizes us as a species. But it is not the individual alienation that worries me. Let me turn my attention back to the "big" picture: The new media will be used for the real needs of the people or will be used as tools to manipulate and intensify exploitation.; Developments will not happen without us, that's why we need to have a clear vision of what kind of world we are claiming. ".

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