Review Article
Volume 9 Issue 11 - 2020
Identity in the Face of Uncertainty (On the Example of St. Petersburg in Quarantine Mode Caused by a Pandemic)
Solovyova Svetlana Leonidovna*
Doctor of Psychology, Professor, Department of Psychotherapy, Medical Psychology and Sexology, North-Western State Medical University named after I.I.Mechnikov, Ministries of Health of the Russian Federation, Russia
*Corresponding Author: Solovyova Svetlana Leonidovna, Doctor of Psychology, Professor, Department of Psychotherapy, Medical Psychology and Sexology, North-Western State Medical University named after I.I.Mechnikov, Ministries of Health of the Russian Federation, Russia.
Received: September 16, 2020; Published: October 31, 2020




Abstract

The article is devoted to the analysis of identity transformations, the consequences for the mental and psychosomatic health of a long stay of the population in quarantine conditions, when the volume of social contacts decreases, the degree of freedom decreases, the work schedule changes, and anxiety is growing in connection with the projected job cuts, lower income levels, and unemployment. It is shown that in the absence of a clear sense of identity in conditions of uncertainty, city residents experience a number of negative states, including pessimism, apathy, melancholy, unmotivated hostility, alienation, anxiety, feelings of helplessness and hopelessness. In conditions of uncertainty, in the presence of inconsistent, insufficient or incomprehensible regulating and controlling external influences, social norms are eroded or completely lost, they cease to regulate individual behavior. The illusion of reliability and stability of the world as a negotiable partner with whom one can conclude long-term contracts is being lost. At the same time, the importance of intrapersonal problems, untreated mental trauma, and non-integrated life experience is growing. A person encounters his own psychic nature, experiencing feelings of confusion, uncertainty, anxiety and anxiety. Revealed deep personal attitudes and basic beliefs, in accordance with which the behavior of a person is built. The risk of the formation of extreme forms of behavior in the form of religious fanaticism, extremism, tendentiousness and paranoia increases. The main threat to public health appears to be an increase in borderline neuropsychiatric disorders, among which psychosomatic diseases are a significant part. In the case of health care providers, it is safe to assume that there is an increase in detectable signs of PTSD.

Keywords: Uncertainty; Identity; Health; Neuropsychiatric Disorders

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Citation: Solovyova Svetlana Leonidovna. “Identity in the Face of Uncertainty (On the Example of St. Petersburg in Quarantine Mode Caused by a Pandemic)”. EC Psychology and Psychiatry 9.11 (2020): 59-62.

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