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Each Person Is Suffering in Their Own Way


Dr. Angela Duckworth




Angela Duckworth, professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, tells Ali Velshi and Dr. Zeke Emanuel that stress and anxiety related to COVID-19 are normal, but they are much worse "if you feel you are in it by yourself.”


Is there all this anxiety, stress, distress, uncertainty? Is that natural? And what are we supposedto do to try to cope with it? During these weeks and months ahead.

Generations and generations of evolution have given us the stress response. And that is thenatural as you put it, Zika, the natural physiological and psychological response to threats. Andif you're not feeling stressed right now, then something's wrong with you, right. And I thinkpeople need to hear that when you're having trouble sleeping, when everything is disrupted,you're not yourself, you're irritable. That's the stress response. And I can explain why but it's actually part of survival. It's actually if you manage it the right way, adaptive.

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