Self-containment in the new normal: associated personality factors

Despite the heightened state of alert several months ago, the threat of COVID-19 is still present in our lives. This has caused many people to experience a kind of “self-containment” due to the fear of being infected.

This “self-containment” is nothing more than an attempt to control the “uncontrollable”. Here are some examples of this “self-containment”: leaving home only for what is “essential”, not using public transport, not traveling or going on vacation, not staying with anyone, not go to a bar, restaurant, swimming pool or public beach, disinfect everything and wash your hands or apply excessive hydroalcoholic gel, which often causes them skin problems, wear a mask even if they go alone in the car, etc.

however, What factors or personality traits influence a person to develop what many have recently called “cabin syndrome”?

    Personality factors linked to self-containment

    These are patterns of behavior that generate a predisposition to confine oneself in an almost obsessive way.

    1. These are people who are very afraid of “losing control”

    They think “something terrible” will happen if it does.

    2. They don’t tolerate uncertainty

    They experience it as a threat, as they feel like they are “walking on quicksand” or “eggshells”, which makes them insecure.

    3. They are always activated in the face of danger

    Due to this high need for control, they anticipate situations that they consider potentially dangerous, To be able to face them, in the event that they would eventually happen. And they tend to be “over-informed”.

    4. They are generally very conservative

    They find it difficult to adapt to unforeseen changes or situations and routine gives them security.

    5. Their thinking is usually rigid or inflexible.

    His thinking usually occurs in “all or nothing” terms, without contemplating “grays” or “halftones”.

    6. They need a scenario to follow in the different situations they are facing

    This is because they are often suspicious of their own judgment and tend to act according to “what is expected” socially.

    7. Distrust

    usually they usually have a feeling of suspicion or mistrust of the world and / or of others, Considered a threatening and dangerous place. In fact, you could say that his vision is more realistic than that of others. Most people have since come under the so-called “positivity bias,” which sees the world as a safer and less dangerous place than it really is.

    8. They have a strong sense of responsibility

    They place a lot of emphasis on morality, over-considering others, which often causes them to sidestep themselves, establishing a rigid barrier between what they consider “right” and “wrong”. .

      9. They tend to be very perfectionists

      They have a high level of self-demand and abnegation towards the common good. Frequent use of expressions such as “should”, “should”, etc.

      10. They tend to hypochondria

      Sometimes they tend to be restless and hypochondriac which causes them to be overly aware of their bodily sensations, amplifying in many situations.

      11. They are usually introverted people.

      In other words, that is to say in many cases they have a large “internal world” and a great capacity for imagination, which appreciates and tolerates loneliness well, so that they need less external stimuli or social relations than others.

      12. They change things a lot

      They tend to be obsessive at times and place a lot of importance on their thoughts, sometimes equating them to actions or facts. They also tend to be “superstitious” and believe that if they think of something, it can end up happening.

      13. His thinking is generally more concrete

      Usually the possibility of some kind of misunderstanding can cause anxiety, they like “things to be clear”, Often using expressions of the type: “light things and thick chocolate”, “bread and wine, wine” not liking double meanings or ambiguous messages and often taking things “literally”.

      14. They tend to be subject to authority

      They tend to respect the rules and mandates of the people, hierarchically, above them without questioning them.

      15. They do not distinguish between the possible and the probable.

      In other words, they think that if something is likely to happen, it will most likely happen eventually.

      His usual condition is usually hypervigilance. causes them permanent difficulty or inability to relax., Faced with the possibility that a danger or an external situation, catches them by surprise and cannot avoid it.

      16. They tend to have catastrophic thoughts

      They end up, almost always, at their worst. They often use expressions such as: “what if …”, “think wrong and you will be right”, etc.

      17. It is difficult for them to ask for and receive help

      It makes them vulnerable. They also tend to be leery of help from others, and they don’t like to be “bored” either.

      18. They tend to flee conflict situations

      They prefer to avoid conflict, in general, for fear of becoming angry and eventually losing control. And facing the possibility that others will get angry with them, for fear of rejection or abandonment, or suffer some kind of prejudice from them.

      19. The phenomenon of “self-fulfilling prophecy” is created

      Sometimes, anxiety generated by uncertainty is so high that they cannot tolerate it and end up “losing control”, Being able to go to the opposite extreme, which, paradoxically, can expose them to situations of risk and danger, reinforcing this fear of losing control.

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