As the American public struggles to implement social distancing recommendations that run counter to the human instinct to commune with others, psychologists are coming up with ways to make it easier to carry out.
“Imagining that everyone else is Mitch McConnell can be very helpful.”
Researchers say that doing appears to work so well because it operates to facilitate distancing on both a conscious and subconscious level.
“Though we are not aware of it, our subconsious pathways are always working to make us avoid dangerous and unpleasant things, like a poisonous fungus or US Senator.”
By looking at a social gathering and imagining it is a convention of Mitch McConnell clones, they say even the most gregarious person will immediately want to self-isolate. Should anyone find that it not working well enough, they say there are plenty of alternatives.
“There’s also Kellyanne Conway, or Rush Limbaugh. Just keep trying until you find the disgusting person who works for you.”
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