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Has the Pandemic Robbed Us of a Shared Sense of Humanity?

Listen to Dr. David H. Rosmarin explore the psychology behind aggression and polarization.

During pandemic lockdowns, a certain type of video has become a near-daily viral event in the U.S. Usually filmed on a shaky camera phone in public places, like airplanes and grocery stores, these videos typically feature people in aggressive conflict with one another by yelling, pushing, or taunting, often over masks or other pandemic-related health orders. How has this type of behavior come to be this common? What is the psychology behind aggression and polarization, and is there a way to walk back this kind of animosity?

Today on AirTalk, we’re learning more with David H. Rosmarin, director of the spirituality and mental health program at McLean Hospital and an associate professor of psychology in the department of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

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