In a world where people are increasingly isolated, people in the middle are in the most vulnerable.
It’s why we’re hearing more and more about how people are living with mental illness and are at greater risk of social isolation.
But is this true of the other side of this coin?
Is there any research that’s done to explore this issue?
And what can we learn from the research?
I’m joined now by Sarah Rennie, professor of psychology at the University of Manitoba and the author of the book, The Other Side of the Coin: The Psychological and Social Science Research on Social Distancing, who also runs the social and emotional health blog, The Rennies.
Sarah, thanks for taking the time to talk with us.
Sarah Rennian, professor, psychology, University of WinnipegWhat do you mean by the other half of the world?
Sarah Rennaie, psychology professor at the university of ManitobaWhat’s that?
Sarah Renna: Well, the other world is, essentially, the world outside of a relationship.
So, if you have a relationship and you want to get away, you can do that with your spouse or partner, but if you want, you could have your own place.
You could have a whole different world.
And that’s where people living in this world are at risk.
So when people say, “I don’t want to live in this other world,” what they’re really saying is, “Well, I don’t know if I want to be in this whole world.”
And so the research shows that this kind of separation and isolation is harmful to the rest of us.
And it’s not only a health issue.
It also has a social impact.
So the other problem is that people are finding it more and of course, there are all kinds of social consequences of that.
Like, people are getting really upset when they’re isolated, and there’s a lot of guilt and shame.
And so, it’s a very complex issue and it’s been around for a long time, but I think the research is beginning to capture the full picture.
So what we’re seeing is that in general, people with social isolation are in a lot more of a bind.
And, of course the research has found that that’s actually very good news.
People who are living in the other part of the globe are not only better off, they’re also more socially healthy.
And people who are in isolation tend to have lower rates of depression, anxiety, and stress.
So it’s one of the most promising areas of research.
But what does that mean for you?
Sarah, can you explain a little bit more about the research that you’ve done?
Sarah: Well first of all, I want us to get back to what’s really exciting in this area.
The research that I’m most excited about is the research on how people deal with social distance.
So social distance is an important phenomenon in human evolution.
It is a fundamental component of the human condition.
We all live with people who we know.
And the idea of social distance comes from the idea that we are all a little different.
And we have different strengths, different weaknesses, and it makes sense to look at that and to try to figure out how we can use that.
But there is an underlying logic here, and that is, in the same way that we have two arms, one of which is a little bigger and more powerful, and the other of which has a little smaller and less powerful, we have the same idea of how we live our lives.
So, for example, when we’re talking about the arms, we are thinking about one arm is a strong arm.
So we’re going to hold on to it a little tighter and we’re kind of going to do our best to push it away.
But then we have a second arm, a weak arm, and we are going to have to rely on it a lot less.
So what happens is we start to lose confidence in our strength and we start trying to push the arm away, and then we lose the confidence that we can control it, which leads to a lot in our lives of anxiety and stress, because our self-esteem has been eroded.
So that’s an example.
So our arms are in an environment that is really different than the arm that we use for daily activities, for social interaction, for getting up to meet people, and for socializing with our friends.
So this is what happens when we try to put ourselves into the other arm.
And this is also, in many ways, what happens in our relationships.
We have this kind in the relationship where we have to decide what we want in our relationship.
And this is where social distance can really come into play.
It seems to me that we often have to make decisions about who to be with based on our self and what our needs are.
And then we’re forced to decide between the two sides of the social coin. And our