NEW PSYCHOLOGICAL NORMAL. MENTAL HEALTH AND ECONOMY
Lev Surat, Rector, Moscow Institute of Psychoanalysis
Marina Bluvshtein, Director, Center for Adlerian Practice and Scholarship, Adler University
Yuriy Zinchenko, Dean of the Faculty of Psychology, Lomonosov Moscow State University
Dmitry Kovpak, Chairman, Association for Cognitive and Behavioral Psychotherapy; Board Member, IACP; Member, Beck Institute International Advisory Committee
Georgy Kostyuk, Chief Physician, Psychiatric Hospital no. 1 Named after N.A. Alexeev, Chief Freelance Specialist Psychiatrist, Moscow Healthcare Department
The phrase “New Normal” appeared in connection with the global economic crisis of 2008 and has been actively used since the G-20 summit in Pittsburgh in September 2009. Initially, it meant impossibility of recovery of the economy in line with the earlier, pre-crisis, indicators.
Today's New Normal implies self-isolation, restriction of mass events, remote work, digitalization of cultural life, social distancing, increased attention to health condition, and more frequent disinfection of premises. As with the original economic meaning of the term, it is assumed that returning to a pre-pandemic condition will not be possible.
Issues for discussion:
• What is New Normal from the point of view of psychology?
• What is the social and psychological reality are we going to live in?
• What civilizational, existential and psychological transformations are already taking place and will be taking place in Russia and in other countries of the world?
• Are we facing an anthropological catastrophe or, on the contrary, will humanity show wisdom and courage and, possibly, make a breakthrough?
• What psychological qualities of a person will be in demand in the modern world?
• How will the meanings and values of society and the each individual change?
• How shall we live smoothly and happily, not being forced to survive, in the new world?