The mental and social impact of the epidemic, extreme weather events
and the dangerous geo-political situation in Europe and China and
the ongoing pandemic.
The epidemic, extreme climate change and unstable geo-political
order is playing out through the
magnified lens of a media system, where traditional mainstream media
and social media collide.
Fear is, at its most basic, a survival mechanism. It's highly
adaptive and can be triggered by a perceived threat.
Our fear of the pandemic, climate change and an unstable
geo-political situation is multifaceted. There's
the fear of the unknown. The fear of illness. The fear of death.
The fear of having no future.
And that fear can rapidly spread through populations. Particularly
if famous people or leading politicians display emotional fear and
Obviously some of us are more prone to fear than others. Similar
responses have been well-documented during times of extreme economic
and social instability.
In fact the evidenced widespread panic buying during the epidemic was a form of emotional contagion.
Simply defined, emotional contagion is the transfer of moods and
feelings from one person to another. It happens all the time on a
micro-level and is usually harmless, like a yawn that ripples from
one person in the room to another. But at the macro-level, emotional
contagion can be dangerous because it can interfere with making
sound, logical decisions.
Emotional contagion affects everyone.
Emotional contagion can greatly amplify the damage caused by
a pandemic and global threats to our survival. Leading to a surge in worry, anxiety and fear. Negative
emotions, particularly fear and anxiety affect our decision-making
-and we’re not even aware that are influencing us.
Workplace research has confirmed that organizations have shown a lack of
awareness about how Emotional Contagion affects their people.
Organizations don’t realize the social influence their people are
under or how it may affect them because the spread is often based on
physiological and automatic responses (like the baby mimicking a
smile). This “affect spiral” from negative emotions can even lead to
disharmony and conflict within groups.
People can spread their feelings easily across social media
platforms. That effect can be amplified by disinformation sources
where individuals only expose themselves to online information that
they agree with and disregard other points of view.
Negative emotional affects of "self-isolation" or working "remotely"
Many people now working from their home are
reporting feeling irritable or restless. Other commonly
experienced effects of little in-person contact with their peers and
• Sadness or depression
• Trouble concentrating
• Lack of patience
• Food cravings
• Decreased motivation
• Difficulty waking
• Frequent napping
• Weight changes
• Inability to cope with the stress
Researchers have long confirmed the relationship between negative
emotions and performance. In fact anxiety is the most common destabilizing influence on
performance, creativity, job longevity and an individual’s health
and well-being. It affects all of us at different times in our
workplace or at school. Yet, typically we seek no help for assistance and are not
Stress in the Classroom
A recent survey across 10 countries led by Bath University found
that young people view the destruction of the planet as personal.
Many of those questioned perceive that they have no future, that
humanity is doomed, and that governments are failing to respond
adequately. Many feel betrayed, ignored and abandoned by politicians
and people in power.
Chronic stress is increasing the risk of mental and physical
problems. And if the negative global events worsen, severe mental
health impacts will follow.
Anxiety generally leads to debilitative and facilitative performance
(at work, school or play).
Numerous research studies confirm the debilitative nature of
dispositional and situational anxiety such as; emotional exhaustion,
self-regulatory processing, and cognitive interference
Anxiety generally leads to debilitative and facilitative
job or school performance.
Numerous research studies confirm the debilitative nature of dispositional
and situational anxiety such as; emotional exhaustion,
self-regulatory processing, and cognitive interference.
Some Symptoms include:
Physical symptoms. Headache, nausea, sweating, shortness of
breath, rapid heartbeat, light-headedness and feeling faint can all
Emotional symptoms. Feelings of fear, anger, helplessness and
disappointment are common emotional responses.
Behavioral/Cognitive symptoms. Difficulty concentrating,
thinking negatively about oneself or a situation are common symptoms.
Psychological Affects include:
Poor coping skills (e.g., rigidity/inflexible problem solving,
denial, avoidance, impulsivity, extreme self-expectation, negative
thoughts, affective instability, and inability to focus on problems)
are associated with negative emotions. Negative emotions are also linked and perpetuated
by the person's own pessimistic outcome expectancy and how they cope
with feedback negativity.
Suffering from anxiety in the workplace or at school can be debilitating -and it is
something that most people find difficult to talk about.
Learning to manage our negative emotions and our feelings enables us to make
better decisions and also recognize when they are taking over and
negatively affect us.
Note: Most positive psychology interventions are designed to help
make people improve their mood. However, just
trying to raise the mood of people who are anxious may make them
temporarily feel better, but it tends to lead to poor performance
because it doesn't make their fears and anxiety go away.
A recent publication by the American Psychological Association
confirmed that to
help people feel and be better requires attending to their
underlying emotional needs.
Negative Emotions -affect on our Behavioral and Physical Health
Negative attitudes and feelings such as despair, helplessness and
fear can create chronic stress, which upsets the body's hormone
balance, depletes the brain chemicals required for happiness, and
critically damages the immune system.
research has confirmed that stress caused by negative emotions, such
as fear, affects the release of cortisol from the adrenal gland.
Cortisol has an important regulatory, daily function in various
brain and body systems and disturbances in secretion patterns have
direct implications in health outcomes. For instance, a flatter
diurnal cortisol slope is associated with adverse health effects,
including depression and fatigue.
Our ability to protect ourselves is directly dependent on our
mental strength and our immune system which in turn is affected by
our state of mind.
Emotional self-regulation / management is a critical condition that
shapes our performance.
HOW TO TREAT THE NEGATIVE EMOTIONAL FALLOUT
The GOOD NEWS!
The “bright side" is that negative emotions
can easily be remedied with spectacular positive results for both
the individual and organization they work in. In fact every
organization, small business and even sport clubs/bodies alike have
the opportunity to reframe the negative energy of an individual or
group into positive energy generating a cascade of
sustainable, measurable, long-term benefits.
When people experience negative emotions, the Self is organized as
scared and vulnerable because of the activation of emotion schematic
memories of harmful and painful experiences in the absence of
protection and support. As a result, people do not internalize
self-soothing strategies and instead develop negative ways of
relating to the Self and modulating emotions. People end up worrying
in an effort to protect the Self from falling apart because of an
inability to cope with the underlying painful feelings of fear and
Organizations now need to ensure employees stay healthy -not just
physically but also mentally.
In the wake of the global pandemic there is an urgent need for
businesses to hire or train professionals to oversee their
management and workers behavioral health and performance.
While many larger companies already have someone like a Chief
Medical Officer on call to manage physical ailments, all companies
now have to consider adding the position of a specialist, trained
behavioral health and performance professional to their teams.
Employers need to maximize productivity. It’s a highly competitive
world at the moment and many companies will not survive.
If your workforce have psychological issues, they’re not at their
best and you’re losing productivity.
The outbreak of coronavirus means many smaller businesses now also
have to look at strategies to protect their employees’ health.
The move has been likened to many companies recruiting chief
information officers more than 20 years ago to manage their IT
The responsibility for overseeing behavioral health and performance
for most smaller businesses is typically outsourced to a certified
behavioral practitioner (external accredited behavioral coach)
rather than an extra member of staff.
Neuro-Behavioral Coaches certified by the Behavioral Coaching
All ICC Accredited, Neuro-Behavioral Coaches
are trained in the use of advanced Emotional Exchange Change Models and techniques.
(a) Working with a client to acknowledge negative emotions
and develop an understanding of the story or narrative to make sense
of casual event and their impact.
(b) Working with a client on identifying and changing the negative
ways in which they relate to the Self.
(c) Working with a client to develop capacities to self-soothe using imaginal transformation
via Emotional Exchange and Self dialogues to resolve emotional
The coach may choose to focus on one of these tasks more than the
others at different times in the coaching process. The end goal is
building a stronger sense of Self, but the process remains fluid.
Labeling their emotions, learning to regulate and modulate their
intense feelings of distress, and transforming core painful
maladaptive emotions enable clients to acquire the capacities to
regulate and express their emotional experiences more optimally and
develop more positive ways of caring for the Self.
The Behavioral Coaching Institute’s internationally recognized
behavior-focused, Coach training courses.
The Emotional Exchange Self-Transformational Self-Change Model
detailed in the Institute's courses have consistently proven to help
a person adjust the way they react to stressful life events and
triggers, as well as the scale of the reaction. The proprietary,
evidence-based techniques used focus on exchanging the emotions and
feelings driving limiting distorted thinking and negative thoughts.
Benefits include; enhanced well-being, productivity, a healthy
disposition, improved vitality and outlook on life etc. Measurable, positive results are typically generated by the client
within just three short coaching sessions. The client is empowered
how to maintain control over the negative emotions and typically does not require
any further help.
The key to success in any emotional exchange intervention is the selection of
the appropriate brain-mind-body Change Model. For over 25 years, the Behavioral
Coaching Institute’s internationally recognized Coach training
courses have met the critical needs for practitioners to be trained in
the use of a range of validated, reliable, neuro-behavioral change
models, tools and techniques with a user-friendly, coaching
Note: The Emotional Exchange
Self-Transformational Coaching Model can also be used for an
individual and groups/teams.
The Institute’s Courses include an easy-to-follow, accelerated,
step-by-step, Emotional Exchange intervention protocol and extensive ToolKit. Measured,
sustainable positive results are typically generated within just three, short
The proven, easy to learn, evidence-based techniques taught in the
Course are based on the principles of cognitive neuroplasticity
therapy, which strengthens the functional neural pathways affecting their
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