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Why the Coronavirus is Destabilizing Us So Profoundly: The Cardinal Mistake of the Cognitive Miser

When asked what they are more afraid of, being killed by a shark or dying in a traffic accident, most people respond that they are more afraid of the former. Let’s consider the numbers: according to CDC data, every year about 1.35 million people die worldwide in traffic accidents, or about 3,700 per day. In […]

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Getting Through the Quarantine: Lessons from a British Navy Captain

My wife and I experienced a high level of anxiety this past weekend. The question we couldn’t answer was, “What will we do with the kids?” Their schools are closed; they need our constant attention; we both work. Hmmm. Trailing not too far behind that question was another: “What will we do with ourselves?” Now […]

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Unfortunate Allies: The Coronavirus and Loneliness

In the face of COVID-19, many of us have become miserable vessels of stress and angst. An important question is how can we shift away from toxic negative emotions such as fear and panic and toward positive emotions such as serenity, happiness and a renewed enthusiasm about our lives? Numerous studies have found that the […]

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