The Psychology of lockdown, hints out that sticking to the rules become unfriendly the Longer it Persists
This pandemic of Covid-19 has compelled a lot of people to live under strict conditions of lockdown. So, the psychology of human behavior predicts that they are going to find it harder sticking to the rules as the situation continues.
Having a 4- week lockdown in New Zealand has already seen some lawbreakers among them, most prominent figures like the country’s Health Minister David Clark.
It is known that fear is one of the key emotional responses during a pandemic.
What is the psychology of a pandemic?
The psychological factors that affect us during a pandemic are a mix of individual, group, and societal considerations.
Human behavior is governed by reward principle; therefore, if we do anything, and it’s followed by a reward, it becomes our norm.
Outside individual psychology, broader social factors will come into play.
In order to succeed at the highest level of lockdown during the covid-19 pandemic, people are supposed to co-operate as a group.
Currently, in New Zealand, there is a degree of confusion about what people are allowed to do when exercising Lockdown.
To counter this confusion, the government should appeal a sense of shared identity and not emphasize on punishment for rule-breakers since this may lead people to seek out loopholes in the rules.