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Yes, You Might Be Becoming a Bit of a Jerk

Science explains why there’s a loss of human compassion during pandemics

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Illustrations: Virginia Gabrielli

The reality is, the shitshow of 2020 is beginning to catch up with our ability to deal with anything, especially other people, if it hasn’t yet already.

“If we are feeling too many calls to our empathy, one of our defense mechanisms is to shut down and not care,” explains Eve Ekman, PhD, a contemplative social scientist at the University of California, Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center. If the fatigue continues, the results could be disastrous, leaving people apathetic and disconnected.

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