Healthy Ways Through the Crisis – Update 4



Latest Development of the COVID-19 Pandemic:

(Read about prior levels of the viral spread here: ) As of April 2, 2020, over a million cases were known in over 200 countries or territories. In numerous countries, the pandemic is now characterized by massive cuts in the public life of society and the private life of its citizens, as well as by an economic crisis.

“Ways Out of the Crisis by Strengthening a Healthy Mindset”
Michael Schaller & Thomas Schaller

About the naturalness of considerate action in the service for the sake of the common good

“Corona measures”, which aim to protect yourself and others, result in a more or less voluntary waiver of your own needs. The current crisis therefore requires an increased degree of consideration and is therefore also a great challenge to your own mindset. In some countries, such as Japan, this “selflessness” is largely voluntary. There is hardly any need for state control of measures there. However, western countries find it difficult to voluntarily forego needs. Now that the state had to intervene, people feel patronized. Yes, many see themselves back in their childhood, where they also received bans and had to expect sanctions for misconduct.

Different Types of Crisis-Personalities with Different Processing Patterns

For many people who are pushed into a passive role and suddenly have to worry about their job or their business, this can also activate traumas from childhood if they e.g. were brought up very repressively (for example through threats of house arrest sanctions, physical / psychological means of violence in the event of resistance or similar). The current situation can also be overwhelming for people who have received anti-authoritarian education.

It can be very helpful for people who, for example, have had traumas on the one hand or have been brought up in their childhood almost without restrictions, to face up to the feelings of anger and fear that are now emerging. In the current situation, therapy can also have a supportive effect.

In western countries, mutual consideration should actually be very well anchored and not require any extraordinary police-controlled orders. Jesus speaks of love for one’s neighbor in the Bible. “You shall love your next like yourself”. From this, Anglican Christians derived the golden rule: “Treat others as you want others to treat you”, the foundation of which is the principle of practical ethics, that is, the reciprocity of human action.

Cultural-Psychological Characteristics

But even before Christ’s birth, similar ways of thinking can be found in different cultures and religions (e.g. Confucianism). The question now arises why this mutual consideration is not a matter of course in western countries and must be controlled by the state? It is certainly due to the individualization of society in the western area, while in Asia and Eastern countries the community is more in the foreground. Europeans are adopting a more self-determined approach that is more about maximizing profits.

Historically, many services to people have developed – which are of particular interest now in the Corona crisis, such as: For example, medical and nursing services, but also the military and police – at a time when citizens of the western states felt much more as part of the community and also devoted their lives to the common good. Think for instance of the World Wars, in which people uniformly sacrificed their lives for the fatherland.

Suggestions For a Crisis-Ready Mindset

This selfless act is called altruistic, and it can lead to someone sacrificing themselves or their means to help others. Altruism therefore goes a little further than the golden rule described above, which has been derived from love for one’s neighbor. The golden rule is only about the reciprocity of human action.

The helper, on the other hand, “gives more” than he gets back. People with helper syndrome are at risk of developing burnout syndrome. It is particularly important for helpers to focus more on their own needs.

Since this is currently difficult due to the measures, we can recommend that you “slow down” and thus create the prerequisite for a healthy mindset that flexibly adjusts you to the rapidly changing circumstances.

About the naturalness of considerate action for the sake of the common good (by Thomas Schaller and Michael Schaller)

What You Can Do to Keep Yourself and Your Family Healthy:

  • Wash your hands regularly and carefully!
  • Cough and sneeze so that others are protected!
  • Avoid close contact with the sick!
  • Vaccinate against flu!
  • If there is reasonable suspicion of Sars-CoV-2 report to the health department!
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