The Brain

Our Emotional Health is Under Assault

August 4, 2020  • Aspen Ideas to Go

The time we’re living in is unusually tumultuous. The Covid-19 pandemic is causing loss, disruption, illness, grief, anxiety, and uncertainty. The killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and many others have fueled pain and anger around racial injustice. “We have all lost our fundamental way of life to some degree or another,” say psychologist Guy Winch, “We are all dealing with massive uncertainty and certain degrees of anxiety. Our emotional health is being impacted significantly.” He speaks with Pam Belluck, science and health writer for The New York Times, about how best to deal with these shocks to the system.

This conversation, held July 30, 2020, was part of the Murdock Mind, Body, Spirit Series at the Aspen Institute, held by Aspen Community Programs.

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