Reflections on the Pandemic in the Future of the World

A Prosthesis Addition to Our Psychology and New Normal

The global COVID-19 outbreak has had drastic impacts on nearly all areas of life; and it persists still. Despite it is rarely emphasized, one of the most affected areas is the psychosocial area of life. The global outbreak, on the one hand, causes psychopathological frames of mind such as trauma, mourning, isolation, and primarily “fear-anxiety”; and, on the other hand it causes changes both in the way that we perceive and think; as well as our behaviors and attitudes. So, this section deals with the psychosocial changes resulting from the global outbreak. It evaluates the pre-COVID-19 world from a psychological perspective, while arguing that, in contrast to the effects of former outbreaks and disasters, the psychosocial changes led by the outbreak will not be forgotten and neutralized easily. It also puts forward that for a long time, which could not be foreseen while we are still living under the influence of the outbreak, we will try to confront problems utilizing psychological mechanisms formed after the outbreak like “prosthesis”, and that we will create “new normal” patterns in our daily life styles.

Prof. Erol Göka
DOI: 10.53478/TUBA.2020.105