At Last. Finally. Things Are Going Back to Normal. Wanna Bet?

At Last. Finally. Things Are Going Back to Normal. Wanna Bet?

We all knew COVID couldn’t last forever, right? Things would eventually stabilize and get more-or-less back to normal. No masks, no distancing, no occupancy limits, no travel restrictions, no lasting health worries. And here we are. Or are we? The lifting of many restrictions obscures some huge changes that have occurred while COVID ruled. Here’s my take on the most significant and likely permanent changes.

Is Normalcy Bias + Cognitive Dissonance Part of the New Normal?

Is Normalcy Bias + Cognitive Dissonance Part of the New Normal?

Something really big and nasty just happened. Should I underreact or overreact? Should I pretend that nothing lasting happened and that things will soon return to normal (normalcy bias), or should I make major changes even though I am not yet sure that these are needed or wise (cognitive dissonance)? Let’s ask our neighborhood psychologist.