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Minerva Psychiatry 2021 September;62(3):156-63

DOI: 10.23736/S2724-6612.21.02143-9

Copyright © 2021 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Love and emotions at the time of COVID-19

Ritwik GHOSH 1, Payel BISWAS 2, Subhankar CHATTERJEE 3, Samya SENGUPTA 4, Mahua J. DUBEY 5, Biman K. RAY 6, Souvik DUBEY 6

1 Department of General Medicine, Burdwan Medical College and Hospital, Burdwan, India; 2 Department of Radiodiagnosis, Apollo Gleneagles Hospital, Kolkata, India; 3 Department of General Medicine, Patliputra Medical College and Hospital, Dhanbad, India; 4 Department of General Medicine, Apollo Gleneagles Hospital, Kolkata, India; 5 Department of Psychiatry, Berhampore Mental Hospital, Berhampore, India; 6 Department of Neuromedicine, Bangur Institute of Neurosciences, Institute of Post-Graduate Medical Education and Research and SSKM Hospital, Kolkata, India



COVID-19 has already swept millions of lives and created the deep black cloud made up of negative emotions. Analysis of origin of negative emotions from previous experiences indicates diversity in thinking, reasoning, self-centeredness and lack of empathy give rise to human vices which are difficult but not impossible to overcome by resurrection of positive emotions like love, empathy, motivation for good deeds and philanthropic activities. Complex interplay of positive and negative emotions orchestrated by intricately associated neuronal circuits, neurotransmitters coupled with endocrinal influence holds responsible for human behavior, considered as the root of human civilization, is currently facing existential crisis during COVID-19 pandemic. Human civilization is experiencing unique psychosocial problems through emerging COVID-19 pandemic. Depression, panic buying, herd behavior, infodemic, immense sufferings of marginalized people, surge of addictive behavior, racism, domestic violence, rape, divorce, financial constraints, stigmatization, all stem from negative emotions and lack of positive vibes amidst the rally of death and sorrows. COVID-19 and surge of negative emotions are the two pandemics which conjointly causing major mental health threat. Cultivations and practice of positive emotions and triumph of optimistic octet over sinister septet are desirable to save Mother Nature and her habitats from the cruel claws of this pandemic.


KEY WORDS: COVID-19; Pandemics; Emotions; Love; Violence

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