The Coronavirus Anxiety Cycle

Uncertainty about coronavirus spreads anxiety through social contagion. Here’s a way to minimize that. Stocking up on large amounts of toilet paper when you see others doing so is an example of social contagion.Credit Getty Images   Anxiety is a strange beast. I have learned that anxiety and its close cousin, panic, are both born from fear. I know that fear’s main evolutionary function is helping us survive. In fact, fear is the oldest survival mechanism we have. Fear helps us learn to avoid dangerous situations in the future through a process called negative reinforcement. For example, if we step … Continue reading The Coronavirus Anxiety Cycle