If I get a cold, for example, I can just rely on my memory of what I did last time I got a cold in order to figure out how to deal with it this time. I also know that I will get better again, based on the fact that I got better last time. And I know that although I may have to miss school or work for a day or 2, things will be back to normal again soon after the cold has run its course. And, in the very unlikely event that I’ve never had a cold before, when I do finally get one, I can ask friends about how to deal with it and what to expect.
This article makes the very important point that none of us (most likely) has ever had to deal with a situation like the one we all find ourselves in now. I’ve never been in a pandemic. I’ve never had to change my life so completely to avoid being in situations that might make me deathly ill or might make it possible that I unknowingly pass on a virus that makes someone else deathly sick. That means we don’t have a “mental schema” for how to deal with this current situation, like we have for dealing with a cold.
For this assignment, please answer the following: (Note: many of these things link to other sources. Feel free to follow the links to answer the questions. As always, try no to plagiarize from any source. And please be sure to cite the sources from which you take your information using proper APA style.
1. What is the normalcy bias?
2. How has the normalcy bias had an effect on how you are responding to this pandemic?
3. What is catastrophic thinking?
4. Can you think of a way that you or someone close to you has engaged in catastrophic thinking?
5. Please explain to me how outcome bias can have an effect on how you may think about or prepare for a future pandemic (let’s hope we don’t have one!).