How your emotional response to the pandemic changed your behavior and sense of time

By Philip Gable and Chris Wendel

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We found that individuals who reported being relaxed, happy and confident felt that time was passing more quickly.

Interesting article. My dad said my grandmother in her later years said time was going by faster and I hope that means she was very happy.

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 (Yes, believe it or not, there was a good chunk of people who enjoyed their time spent in lockdown.)

I did. ( during the first SOE when it actually was an SOE) And that was before we bought our beautiful house. We only had an apartment, but I could spend SOOO much time with my wife and 2 kids. We watched movies together, danced together, and just had a wonderful time in our tiny apartment.

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Relative experience of time is a well known thing, pandemic notwithstanding. Don't need other persons data, if one has enough consciousness he/she will realize it early in life.

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I did. ( during the first SOE when it actually was an SOE) And that was before we bought our beautiful house.

I recall you considered moving to Canada? Congrats on the new house.

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My wife has remained the same and I love her the way she is.

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Stay positive (in the right sense of the word), follow the advice of experts and understand that your government is not out to get you. Don’t be a cynical b**d, don’t believe conspiracy theories, get vaccinated and believe that your glass is always half-full. In fact, if necessary, fill the glass. Up to the brim. See you on the other side of all this crap.

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Time flies!!!

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emotional response to the pandemic

My emotional response to the pandemic!? Confusion. You have so called pros telling you this and that, meanwhile the seasonal flu has disappeared, while people in motorcycle crashes with no helmets are listed as Covid deaths. You've had the MSM lie to you so many times (folks seem to forget unless you're the victim of first world bombs), so why should any of this be believed?

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I wonder what other factors played into the emotional states that seem to influence the perception of time. Aside from extraverts likely suffering more than introverts during a pandemic, there may be other factors at play such as: 1. Financial security, 2. Intimacy and harmony verses aggravation and hostility between others sharing the space inhabited, 3. The beauty and spaciousness of the place of confinement, 4. The level of responsibility for others from whom people were separated, 5. The ability or inability to pursue hobbies or access green space during confinement.

Doubtless there are more. Having heard first hand accounts of people who were quarantined in hotels (which is but a fraction of the pandemic experience), their emotional response seemed greatly influenced by the circumstances--unable to open a window or garbage (including food) not removed from the 12 meter square room for the duration, or enjoying a spacious suite with excellent services and fresh linen daily. There'd be a parallel for people stuck in their homes, I'm sure.

Even under the best of conditions and with a positive attitude it's not impossible for emotions to tank over the course of restrictions amid uncertainties which have lasted so long.

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