Unlike previous epidemics, coronavirus is playing out through the
magnified lens of a media system, where traditional mainstream media
and social media collide.
Fear leads people to take actions to perhaps prepare themselves for
Fear is, at its most basic, a survival mechanism. It's highly
adaptive and can be triggered by a perceived threat.
Our fear of coronavirus and the pandemic is multifaceted. There's
the fear of the unknown. The fear of disease. The fear of illness.
The fear of contagion.
And that fear can rapidly spread through populations. Particularly
if famous people or leading politicians fall victims to the virus.
Obviously some of us are more prone to fear than others. Similar
responses have been well-documented during times of extreme economic
and social instability.
In fact the widespread panic is a form of emotional contagion.
Simply defined, emotional contagion is the transfer of moods and
feelings from one person to another. It happens all the time on a
micro-level and is usually harmless, like a yawn that ripples from
one person in the room to another. But at the macro-level, emotional
contagion can be dangerous because it can interfere with making
sound, logical decisions.
Emotional contagion affects everyone.
Emotional contagion can greatly amplify the damage caused by
COVID-19. Leading to a surge in worry, anxiety and fear. Negative
emotions, particularly fear and anxiety affect our decision-making
-and we’re not even aware that are influencing us.
Research has confirmed that organizations have shown a lack of
awareness about how Emotional contagion affects their people.
Organizations don’t realize the social influence their people are
under or how it may affect them because the spread is often based on
physiological and automatic responses (like the baby mimicking a
smile). This “affect spiral” from negative emotions can even lead to
disharmony and conflict within groups.
People can spread their feelings easily across social media
platforms. That effect can be amplified by disinformation sources
where individuals only expose themselves to online information that
they agree with and disregard other points of view.
Negative emotional affects of "self-isolation" or working "remotely"
Many people in self-isolation and/or working from their home are
reporting feeling intensely irritable or restless. Other commonly
experienced effects of weeks of containment with little in-person,
social contact are:
• Sadness or depression
• Trouble concentrating
• Lack of patience
• Food cravings
• Decreased motivation
• Difficulty waking
• Frequent napping
• Weight changes
• Inability to cope with the stress
Researchers have long confirmed the relationship between negative
emotions and performance. In fact anxiety is the most common destabilizing influence on workplace
performance, creativity, job longevity and an individual’s health
and well-being. It affects all of us at different times in our
workplace -especially if we are locked in and working from our homes. Yet, typically we seek no help for assistance and are not
Workplace anxiety generally leads to debilitative and facilitative
Numerous research studies confirm the debilitative nature of dispositional
and situational workplace anxiety such as; emotional exhaustion,
self-regulatory processing, and cognitive interference.
Some Symptoms include:
Physical symptoms. Headache, nausea, sweating, shortness of
breath, rapid heartbeat, light-headedness and feeling faint can all
Emotional symptoms. Feelings of fear, anger, helplessness and
disappointment are common emotional responses.
Behavioral/Cognitive symptoms. Difficulty concentrating,
thinking negatively about oneself or a situation are common symptoms.
Psychological Affects include:
Poor coping skills (e.g., rigidity/inflexible problem solving,
denial, avoidance, impulsivity, extreme self-expectation, negative
thoughts, affective instability, and inability to focus on problems)
are associated with negative emotions. Negative emotions are also linked and perpetuated
by the person's own pessimistic outcome expectancy and how they cope
with feedback negativity.
Suffering from anxiety in the workplace can be debilitating -and it is
something that most people find difficult to talk about.
Learning to manage our negative emotions and our feelings enables us to make
better decisions and also recognize when they are taking over and
negatively affect us.
Note: Most positive psychology interventions are designed to help
make people improve their mood. However, just
trying to raise the mood of people who are anxious may make them
temporarily feel better, but it tends to lead to poor performance
because it doesn't make their fears and anxiety go away.
A recent publication by the American Psychological Association
confirmed that to
help people feel and be better requires attending to their
underlying emotional needs.
Negative Emotions -affect on our Health
Negative attitudes and feelings such as despair, helplessness and
fear can create chronic stress, which upsets the body's hormone
balance, depletes the brain chemicals required for happiness, and
critically damages the immune system.
research has confirmed that stress caused by negative emotions, such
as fear, affects the release of cortisol from the adrenal gland.
Cortisol has an important regulatory, daily function in various
brain and body systems and disturbances in secretion patterns have
direct implications in health outcomes. For instance, a flatter
diurnal cortisol slope is associated with adverse health effects,
including depression and fatigue.
Our ability to protect ourselves against the coronavirus or any
other virus, infection, bacteria etc is directly dependent on the
strength of our immune system.
Emotional self-regulation / management is a critical condition that
shapes the workplace and job performance.
HOW TO TREAT THE NEGATIVE EMOTIONAL FALLOUT
The GOOD NEWS!
The “bright side" is that negative emotions
can easily be remedied with spectacular positive results for both
the individual and organization they work in. In fact every
organization, small business and even sport clubs/bodies alike have
the opportunity to reframe the negative energy of an individual or
group into positive energy generating a cascade of
sustainable, measurable, long-term benefits.
When people experience negative emotions, the Self is organized as
scared and vulnerable because of the activation of emotion schematic
memories of harmful and painful experiences in the absence of
protection and support. As a result, people do not internalize
self-soothing strategies and instead develop negative ways of
relating to the Self and modulating emotions. People end up worrying
in an effort to protect the Self from falling apart because of an
inability to cope with the underlying painful feelings of fear and
Neuro-Behavioral Coaches certified by the Behavioral Coaching
All ICC Accredited, Neuro-Behavioral Coaches
are trained in the use of advanced Emotional Exchange Change Models and techniques.
(a) Working with a client to acknowledge negative emotions
and develop an understanding of the story or narrative to make sense
of casual event and their impact.
(b) Working with a client on identifying and changing the negative
ways in which they relate to the Self.
(c) Working with a client to develop capacities to self-soothe using imaginal transformation
via Emotional Exchange and Self dialogues to resolve emotional
The coach may choose to focus on one of these tasks more than the
others at different times in the coaching process. The end goal is
building a stronger sense of Self, but the process remains fluid.
Labeling their emotions, learning to regulate and modulate their
intense feelings of distress, and transforming core painful
maladaptive emotions enable clients to acquire the capacities to
regulate and express their emotional experiences more optimally and
develop more positive ways of caring for the Self.
The Behavioral Coaching Institute’s internationally recognized
Coach training courses.
The Emotional Exchange Self-Transformational Self-Change Model
detailed in the Institute's courses have consistently proven to help
a person adjust the way they react to stressful life events and
triggers, as well as the scale of the reaction. The proprietary,
evidence-based techniques used focus on exchanging the emotions and
feelings driving limiting distorted thinking and negative thoughts.
Benefits include; enhanced well-being, productivity, a healthy
disposition, improved vitality and outlook on life etc. Measurable, positive results are typically generated by the client
within just three short coaching sessions. The client is empowered
how to maintain control over the negative emotions and typically does not require
any further help.
The key to success in any emotional exchange intervention is the selection of
the appropriate brain-mind-body Change Model. The Behavioral
Coaching Institute’s internationally recognized Coach training
courses meets the critical needs for practitioners to be trained in
the use of a range of validated, reliable, neuro-behavioral change
models, tools and techniques with a user-friendly, coaching
Note: The Emotional Exchange
Self-Transformational Coaching Model can also be used for an
individual and groups/teams.
The Institute’s Courses include an easy-to-follow, accelerated,
step-by-step, Emotional Exchange intervention protocol and extensive ToolKit. Measured,
sustainable positive results are typically generated within just three, short
The proven, easy to learn, evidence-based techniques taught in the
Course are based on the principles of cognitive neuroplasticity
therapy, which strengthens the functional neural pathways affecting their
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