Dr. Andrea Bonior: Did you consider yourself an extrovert before the pandemic, and now you think of yourself as more introverted? Was there some other way you changed over the course of the COVID-19 disruption, which may still be going on for you in many ways? And if you add in political upheaval world news that's not so hope inducing and increased polarization, does it make you feel like maybe other humans have become, at best, an annoyance and at worst, the enemy? Today, we're taking a listener question from someone who's lost a bit of faith in people. They feel demoralized over the events of the past few years, and when combined with their working from home and just becoming more isolated, they wonder if there's a permanent change in how they see humanity. Do you feel more negatively towards others these days? Do you just find it impossible to find tolerance for the man tasting the grapes in the produce section? If you're looking to find a little more goodwill towards your fellow humans, you'll want to listen to today's Baggage Check.
Welcome. I'm Dr. Andrea Bonior and this is Baggage Check: Mental Health Talk and Advice, with new episodes every Tuesday and Friday. Baggage Check is not a show about luggage or travel. Incidentally, it is also not a show about attempting to replicate the distinct and indescribable smell of a roller skating rink. Okay, let's get to it. Today we're taking a listener question from someone who feels like they're struggling with the effects of the pandemic in terms of how much it's lessened their tolerance for other people. And with seeing how people have behaved, it kind of makes them want to stay away from humankind with the “kind” part feeling like a misnomer to them altogether. So let's listen in. As always, thanks to the listener who volunteered to do the voiceover here, your questions are always welcome. And if you don't want to do a voice memo, which a lot of you seem to not want to, we'll have someone read your letter. Here it is.
How do you deal with the demoralizing effects of what we see in other people? I seriously feel like the past couple of years have made me lose faith in humanity. Politically, culturally, I just see things so differently now—people out for themselves all the time and it makes me so pessimistic for civilization. I started working from home at the beginning of the pandemic and am opting to continue to do so, which I think has made me even less tolerant of other people. I used to even consider myself an extrovert, and now I feel like I’m pretty much a recluse—and yet I don’t really mind it. I don’t have the urge to be around others much anymore. I find them pretty taxing. I can’t be alone in this, right? I seriously feel like the pandemic has made me HATE people!topilot being a band I saw in:
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