As the U.S. focuses on “getting back to normal” experts say we need to talk more about what transitioning to a more open society will be like — and what our new normal will be like.
Through the pandemic, and as venues reopen, people have different levels of personal safety. When interacting with people who had a different response to the health threat, Riana Elyse Anderson, a psychologist at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health, says it’s important to find common ground. But by the same token, Dr. Jessi Gold, from the Washington University of Medicine in St. Louis says, it’s also important to set boundaries.
“You build boundaries at some capacity and the level of that boundary is up to you,” Gold said. “You can make boundaries around conversation topics,” which might allow you to steer clear of judging someone based on decisions they are making right now, she said.
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