Professor Joan DelFattore has already written compellingly about why that is a legitimate concern, drawing from research on the systematic undertreatment of single people with cancer, and the inaccurate and gratuitous reasons sometimes offered for that bias, including, for example, the assumption that single people don’t have anything to live for and just don’t have that fighting spirit. She also included a set of suggestions for what single people can do to improve their chances of receiving fair treatment. … [Read more...] about What Is the Life of a Single Person Worth?
The better angels of our nature are further understood by the Tend and Befriend theory developed and researched primarily by Professor Shelly Taylor at UCLA. It suggests that during times of significant stress, we tend to turn to others for connection, support, and solidarity, even among strangers. During a pandemic, it is wonderful to hear stories about — or to personally experience — remarkable acts of kindness, compassion, and graciousness towards others. Young people offer to help elders who are unable to get food or other supplies or just people chatting amicably in long grocery lines are all heartwarming. People share surplus supplies and offer to help neighbors they may not know at all. All are examples and predictable if one understands the tend and befriend theory. … [Read more...] about Psychology Helps Us Better Predict Crisis Behavior