Climbing: why there are different behaviors in front of it

The current situation is unprecedented, so psychologically it’s a big challenge. We are facing, in Spain, the so-called de-escalation phase after having been confined in our homes in order to avoid the spread of the coronavirus.

This de-escalation phase implies greater freedom of movement, and, subsequently, being able to meet up with family and friends, being able to go to the terraces of bars, to shops, etc. It is therefore a priori a more favorable situation for our mental health.

however, the de-escalation phase is carried out in several ways which may surprise you with their differences. For example, you find people who are afraid to go out, people who break the rules and seem to ignore the risks, those who are more responsible and try to follow directions, etc.

    Why do these attitude differences arise in rock climbing?

    These are the factors that come into play to explain this phenomenon.

    Risk perception

    A very important factor is the perception of risk. Human beings tend to think that misfortunes will not happen to them; it is a defense mechanism that makes our lives more bearable. As a result of this bias, actions are taken such as failure to comply with health recommendations thinking that we will not be entrusted or that if we do, it will have no consequences.

    however, there are people who have a higher perception of risk, Which can be very positive in situations like the ones we live in, because fear helps us protect ourselves, but if this probability comes as a certainty, the person will increase a lot of anxiety and may develop psychological problems such as agoraphobia or anxiety related to the disease.

    Therefore, the ideal is to try to keep this bias under control and to think that there is a risk of contagion (and transmission) even if it is not something certain or means the worst outcome. , and adopt the corresponding security measures.


    Another key factor is accountability; who have this characteristic among their personality attributes. Faced with this situation, we can act responsibly, that is to say be aware that the consequences of the facts are of the utmost importance and acting consistently. Conversely, if we tend to be irresponsible, we are more likely to act by thinking of what the person likes and not of the consequences in the medium and long term.

    Frustration tolerance

    Frustration tolerance is another key to explaining inter-individual differences. this is the characteristic that allows people to adapt to change and, most importantly, to what has truncated their plans, Your wishes …

    If the person has an adequate tolerance for frustration, they are more likely to have adjusted better to the current situation and to be able to adopt behaviors with limitations.

    Acceptance of the rules

    Closely related to all of this, we accept the rules. There are people who tolerate enough to have rules or limits imposed on themselves, usually because they have had to conform to various situations throughout their lives. For people who have followed the guidelines, it is easier to be able to maintain the measurements that are marked in the de-escalation phase.

    Degree of individualism

    One aspect to highlight is whether the person is governed more by individualism or by a vision of social good. There are differences between people who behave thinking to themselves, for example, “that I go out without a mask, nothing is happening, it’s just a person” or those who think about their role as a whole , for example, “if I go out without a mask, another person can do the same and no one would follow the recommendation”.

    Social awareness is very important in the sense that we no longer care just about our well-being and not getting sick, but knowing that every individual action affects society as a whole and even if we don’t get sick, we can be the transmitters.


    Another strong point is being aware that every action counts. There are people who think: “For once I do …”, “for a person I visit …”, “for a while sitting in the park …” and it may be true that this simple act does not pose a high risk, but we must keep in mind that if everyone adopted this attitude of minimizing the risks and consequences of our actions, the chances of increasing infections would increase enormously.


      With all these aspects that we have mentioned, we intend to convey a balance in the way in which we manage this new situation. We must be aware of the danger we are exposed to in the face of this new pandemic that has happened to us, but this does not amount to the fact that we must act exclusively out of fear. If we are aware of this, take safety measures and obey the rules in force, we do not have to stop doing the authorized activities.

      If you think going abroad causes you anxiety, fear or anger when you find that not everyone is playing by the rules, we recommend that you seek professional help. Mariva psychologists, we will be happy to help you.

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