Psychopathic traits linked to non-compliance with social distancing

Source: psypost.org

New research provides some initial evidence that certain antagonistic personality traits are associated with ignoring preventative measures meant to halt the spread of the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.

The study has been peer reviewed and accepted for publication in the journal Social Psychology and Personality Science. It is currently available on the PsyArXiv preprint website.

“On March 31, 2020, Dr. Deborah Birx, the coordinator of the U.S. government’s Coronavirus Task Force, said, ‘There’s no magic bullet. There’s no magic vaccine or therapy. It’s just behaviors. Each of our behaviors, translating into something that changes the course of this viral pandemic over the next 30 days.’ My experience as a psychological scientist as well as a practicing psychologist has convinced me that the importance of psychology and behavior in the prevention and management of a wide range of health problems is enormous,” said study author Pavel S. Blagov, an associate professor and director of the Personality Laboratory at Whitman College.

OK so let’s backtrack a little bit.

  1. Social distancing has no basis in science – you will find an abundance of information about this.
  2. The Professor whose advice the UK and Australia followed completely flaunted the rules – His views have been proven to be absolutely garbage again and again so is he a psychopath?

Therefore psychopaths are telling people who do not agree with unscientific rules and the violation of their rights that they are psychopaths!

But wait there is more. The virus is a dud and hardly worse than the flu. So do we lock down for the flu each year and observe unscientific social distancing?

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