Bulgaria: As optimism amid the pandemic fades away, pessimism grows stronger

Bulgaria: As optimism amid the pandemic fades away, pessimism grows stronger

“If we impose a new lockdown, citizens could react negatively”, Health Minister Konstantin Angelov told Bulgarian Radio. “The epidemic is currently spreading rapidly. Such a measure is not necessary at the moment, and will not yield good results. If we add more pressure on people, they could stop following the measures and take to the streets”.

People are becoming increasingly anxious after being bombarded with controversial information. There are many neurotic seizures and unexpected behavioral changes. “Neuroses have doubled compared to 2017”, psychologists explain. This leads to a shortage of medicines in pharmacies due to increased use. Symptoms usually include apathy, depression, feel of hopelessness or authoritarianism.

A survey carried out by psychologists on a sample of 1,911 Bulgarians between the ages of 25 and 60 leads to some interesting conclusions.

“The number of people who have realistic expectations for success and growth, support and solidarity has halved”, says psychologist Plamen Dimitrov. “At the same time, pessimism, denial, perfectionism and demandingness, convenience and hypochondria have increased. Some people have become more conservative while others are fighting for utopias”.

People seek salvation in conspiracy theories or wait for the state to do “something” to protect them. But the truth is that we have to do “something” ourselves.

“In times of increased existential insecurity, when people are facing death all around them, they are constantly reminded that they are mortal and something small and invisible could destroy them”, the psychologist explains. “This makes them feel unimportant. Under these circumstances, the human soul tries seeks to react, to protect itself, to survive. Often people find solace in religion or become followers of an ideology, but the best way to cope with this difficult period is to assume our responsibilities and take care of ourselves and our loved ones”, Dimitrov concludes. /ibna