• Jody Kussin

In Times Like These #13 3-27-2020

At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to define and grasp the significance of the impact of this pandemic on their lives and the lives of their loved ones.

At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to apply principles of crisis management (compassion satisfaction versus compassion fatigue) to their own lives, professionally and personally.

At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to develop a family based psychological safety plan.

Abraham Maslow was an American psychologist posited (in the 1940s,50s, 60s) that there is a hierarchy of needs for us humans, as follows:

  • Physiological Needs. The physiological needs includes the basic needs for the survival of the body including food, clothing, air, shelter, etc, This is considered the basic need and is the foundation upon which all others rest.

  • Safety Needs. ...

  • Love/Belonging. ...

  • Self-Esteem. ...

  • Self-Actualization.

In these times, I’d add another need – ALONE TIME. Yes, there are many among us who are too alone, lonely, isolated and we need to reach out to them and connect. However, there are also many among us just longing for some social distance beyond six feet. (I believe that most of this group includes parents, who are now living at home with multiple children – and it’s hard to say which need some private time more, those with the little ones or those surprised to find themselves with young adult offspring back in the nest.)

There are many articles right now on how we are not getting enough sleep, and this indeed is a serious concern. The hypotheses include our collective angst and anxiety as well as lack of exercise and time outdoors. I’d add that another reason we are staying up late is because it’s the only time to – 1) choose WHATEVER you want to watch on tv, 2) hog the section of the couch you love


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