Practical Thinking

Maggie Mertens writes on The Atlantic article “The Year of Practical Thinking” that because of the uncertainty of the past two years, most peoples are taking more practical approach. Many people including Tyler J. McCall, a marketing specialist in Chicago, “hit severe burnout and stepped away from his business and social media for nearly six months to reassess his mental and physical health’, writes Mertens.

The past two years have served up disappointment after disappointment. I’m simply taking the year day-by-day and keeping my planning far more short term than ever before.

– Tyler J. McCall, a marketing specialist in Chicago, told The Atlantic

Karen Reivich, the director of training programs for the UPenn Positive Psychology Center, told The Atlantic that “many people have the misconception that to be optimistic is to deny that a problem exists. But true optimism involves ‘seeing the world as it is, yet still believing—and more importantly behaving—in ways that create better outcomes for all of us’.”

Mertens writes that many people in the US practice some coping mechanisms that can help build the kind of resilience during the period of such uncertainty.

Mary McNaughton-Cassill, a psychology professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio, told Maggie “In the United States, for decades, we were thinking we had things in control. But the pandemic made us all realize [that society is] a lot more fragile than what we’ve been thinking.”