Psychologist warns Poles against ‘unrealistic optimism’ as lockdown eases
As life begins to slowly return to normal in Poland after its COVID-19 lockdown, a psychologist has warned that “unrealistic optimism” could be dangerous, Polish Radio reports.
Graphic by AlexLMX / Shutterstock.com
Dr. Marta Zawodmiecka-Sikora from the University of Łódź in central Poland said such an attitude could prevent people from taking “preventive action” to stay safe.
“It can be expected that people who have in some way experienced a threat personally will be able to realistically assess it and take preventive action in the future,” she was cited as saying by Polish News Agency PAP.
“However, there is a danger that for many people […] the phenomenon of unrealistic optimism will effectively prevent them from realistically assessing the situation and taking preventive action in the future.”
Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki announced on May 27 that Poland will relax face mask rules at the end of this week as it moves to the next phase of easing its coronavirus lockdown, Polish Radio notes.
SUPPORT THE BUDAPEST BUSINESS JOURNAL
Producing journalism that is worthy of the name is a costly business. For 27 years, the publishers, editors and reporters of the Budapest Business Journal have striven to bring you business news that works, information that you can trust, that is factual, accurate and presented without fear or favor.
Newspaper organizations across the globe have struggled to find a business model that allows them to continue to excel, without compromising their ability to perform. Most recently, some have experimented with the idea of involving their most important stakeholders, their readers.
We would like to offer that same opportunity to our readers. We would like to invite you to help us deliver the quality business journalism you require. Hit our Support the BBJ button and you can choose the how much and how often you send us your contributions.