As we move through the spring of The Great Vaccination, many of us are feeling cautious optimism, and also its flip side: creeping dread.
Maybe you have a sense of ambivalence about how to interact with others again. If you used to work in an office, you might be worried about returning to work — but eager to see people again. Or you find yourself having to confront a neighbor about a longstanding problem — but you’re out of practice with conflict resolution. (I’m not sure I remember how to talk to another human anymore, let alone one I disagree with.)
Whatever the specifics, “there will be new forms of social anxiety,” said Dacher Keltner, a professor of psychology and the director of the Social Interaction Lab at the University of California, Berkeley.
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