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‘Me Thinking’—drop The Loo Roll And Control Yourself.

‘Me Thinking’—drop the loo roll and control yourself.

When someone says, “You are being selfish,” The message is very clear: You are paying too much attention to your own wants, needs, and well-being, and not enough attention to others. The challenge we face is that during times of uncertainty, the part of the brain that copes with anxiety disrupts a different part of the brain that controls behaviour. The result can be increased fear and group-thinking behaviour, which increases our fight or flight response, our basic, animal instinct. The outcome then is increased ‘me thinking’. Right now, we as a nation and as global citizens need to come together to fight what can only be called an existential threat to humanity. Never have the famous JFK words being more appropriate “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country,” The panic buying, the stockpiling, is indicative of some people making no considerations of anyone else’s needs, but their own. We can reduce the urge for fight or flight, by being more self aware of our ‘thinking experience’, We have to avoid panicking by understanding, and accepting the anxiety caused by the corona-virus threat, making sure that the information we are receiving is actual fact, rather than just opinion. Never before in our generation have we been asked to sacrifice our own personal desires for the greater good. Right now it is so true to say, If you want a lifetime for ourselves, our family and others, we must start by helping someone else not just ourselves.