People’s priorities in life have changed due to the pandemic

(ORDO NEWS) — The pandemic has changed personal values, key individual characteristics that usually remain stable throughout life.

The pandemic has changed personal values, key individual characteristics that usually remain stable throughout life. Experiencing a pandemic is either a positive or negative experience, not a neutral one. The scale of changes in thinking and psyche in people is still difficult to determine in the long term.

The first results show that the factors associated with the pandemic not only affected people during it, but will continue to influence after the end. No matter in what direction people’s lives have changed, they will not be the same even after the lifting of all restrictions.

Ella Daniel and other researchers, published in the journal Social Psychological & Personality Science, have studied how priorities and personal values ​​have changed during the coronavirus pandemic. The conclusions are based on the longitudinal data of the Australian sample.

The researchers noticed that from November to December 2020, people who were concerned about their own health reported a decrease in overall concern for others. They also noted that the results may be related to less social interaction during prolonged self-isolation.

According to Maslow, higher-level needs come to the fore only when all lower-level needs are satisfied. Thus, in the face of a threat, the instinct of self-preservation worked, thanks to which personal safety turned out to be the main value and replaced concern for the people around.

Another team of scientists (from the US and Turkey) found that high-order values ​​that were stable before the pandemic maintaining order and stability have taken on more importance as the world battled Covid-19.

At the same time, the need for self-management and incentives has declined. For people who experienced anxiety, the importance of such values ​​as caring for nature, society and loved ones decreased to a greater extent.

As the authors of the first work showed, changes in value orientation are an element of the personality structure that works on a conscious level and determines the general line of a person’s life.

The findings of scientists allow us to see that personal values ​​are able to adapt to changes in the environment. Previously, it was believed that changes in value orientation can only be consistent, not spontaneous.

Many people have noticed that the restrictions associated with the pandemic have changed their view of the overall concept of humanity.

Experiencing the “together in private” phenomenon in which we communicate remotely has forced us to rethink what a post-pandemic world should look like. Research shows how such views have been transformed into post-pandemic philosophies.

The authors of the second paper focused on social identification associated with the pandemic and factors related to social class that can predict the level of support for economic equality policies after the pandemic.

Consistent with their hypotheses, the researchers found that higher identification with all of humanity, increased awareness of the existence of privileges based on socioeconomic status, and less endorsement of class attitudes predicted higher support for socioeconomic equality policies after the pandemic.

This proved to be true even after taking into account the socio-demographic and socio-political characteristics of the participants.


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