March 2020

Control Your Fear by Changing Your Evaluations

The corona crisis is unsettling people around the world. Their reactions are quite different, but fear often plays a role. What does fear do to people? In fact, what is fear? In this interview, anxiety and hypnosis researcher Dr Barbara Schmidt from the Institute of Psychology at the University of Jena explains to us the fundamentals of fear, its effects, and ways in which we might be able to handle this feeling a bit better. Read More »Control Your Fear by Changing Your Evaluations

“The Crisis Will Drag on for a Long Time“

Prof. Klaus Dörre is certain that the crisis situation will not be over once the corona crisis has been resolved. The professor of labour, industrial and economic sociology at the University of Jena anticipates that the world, including the world of work, will be a different one after the coronavirus. There will be many challenges to overcome which will require global change. Nothing about the corona crisis is good, he says, and he calls for clear language and action instead of empty phrases. Nevertheless, he also sees a few positive effects – and a great deal of work for the future. Read More »“The Crisis Will Drag on for a Long Time“

“People Sharing Misinformation Generally Do Not Act in Bad Faith“

Whether in a Facebook post, in a chain letter, or in a YouTube video — there is a huge amount of fake information on the coronavirus circulating online, claiming that the virus is no more dangerous than the common flu or that home remedies like garlic protect you from an infection, for example. In our interview, Prof. Dr Tobias Rothmund, communication and media psychologist at the University of Jena explains why such myths are a problem and what you can do if your friends and relatives are among the ones sharing them. Read More »“People Sharing Misinformation Generally Do Not Act in Bad Faith“

“No Man is an Island”

In these times of the coronavirus crisis, ‘Social Distancing’ is called for: all people should refrain from shaking hands, maintain a safe distance of at least two metres from each other and stay at home if possible. But what consequences does this have for our life as a community? Read More »“No Man is an Island”