The importance of the goal, the behavior of others prompts individuals to favor COVID-19 measures
Update: May 29, 2021 9:00 PM STI
Bern [Switzerland], May 29 (ANI): In a recent study, researchers found that it is not fear but that understanding the importance of the end goal as well as how people perceive the behavior of others is what makes individuals and societies more or less willing to do so. radically change their way of life and support measures imposed by the government to mitigate the spread of Covid-19.
University of Zurich psychologists Charlotte Kukowski, Katharina Bernecker and Veronika Brandstatter took a different perspective to study the impact on the impact of people’s perceptions on the behavior of others with regard to the public good, as well as on people’s self-control when it comes to sticking to behavior guidelines. The study was published in the open-access, peer-reviewed scientific journal Social Psychological Bulletin.
Previous research has primarily looked at factors such as fear, perceived risk, age, and political views. Using data from the UK and Switzerland, the researchers concluded that indeed, valuing fair contribution to the public good and the ability to practice self-control makes people more likely to engage in protective behaviors. health, although the effects on self-control are not entirely consistent across the countries sampled by the authors.
Additionally, people who care more about their fellow citizens’ cooperation and expect them to do their part are more supportive of government regulations, perhaps as a way to ensure others comply. . However, the authors stress that future studies must test for this possible link.
Successfully overcoming conflicting wants and needs, such as taking public transport, meeting friends, and participating in large gatherings, for the benefit of society, means that people need to practice self-control. People will only be ready to control their wants and needs if they value the highest goal of managing the pandemic, even if their own protection behavior. health does not directly affect them.
In this sense, self-control for the service of a societal goal is quite different from self-control for a personal goal, such as sticking to a healthy diet or achieving career goals. While exercise and professional accomplishments are largely private concerns, we all depend on each other’s cooperation when it comes to a societal goal like dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Therefore, in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, a greater importance of goals and the perception of the behavior of others are key factors in the practice of protective health behavior.
“(…) we would like to emphasize that the effects of self-control and cooperation appeared beyond the effects of variables such as the personal cost of adopting health protection behaviors, the risk and perceived anxiety and political orientation.
If future work replicates these findings, one could cautiously conclude that in times of crisis people – including policy makers – are indeed able to ‘rise above themselves’ and put themselves forward. aside from political differences and personal costs to achieve collective goals. Researchers.
The authors note that in collective actions, it is essential that one sees others making the same effort.
In conclusion, the scientists note that in order to improve public efforts in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as other collective goals, including climate change mitigation, it is essential that we identify factors contributing to successful self-control and cooperation. in the service of higher societal objectives. (ANI)