UAlbany Psychologist Discusses Building Emotional Resilience During a Pandemic

A bike messenger in Chicago protects against the cold and the Coronavirus. Building emotional resilience is a critical skill during this pandemic, says UAlbany Psychologist John Forsyth. (Photo by Charles Edward Miller, Flickr, used by permission)

ALBANY, N.Y. (March 24, 2020) — As the Coronavirus pandemic upends the lives of millions of Americans, UAlbany Professor of Psychology John Forsyth is offering guidance to help us get through this unprecedented disruption to our daily lives.

Speaking to the Washington Post (subscription required), Forsyth provides guiding principles to help individuals build emotional resilience: our ability to cope with stress, especially during times of crises.

At the top of this list is a willingness to accept that negative emotions will be a part of the equation for each of us as we try to adapt to a new normal. "By allowing negative emotions to come and go, and focusing on how to spend this time to still include engaging in meaningful and joyful activities, we can get through this," Forsyth said.

Read Forsyth's full interview with Post contributor and clinical psychologist Jelena Kecmanovic.

Forsyth is among many faculty experts ready discuss the impact of the Coronavirus on the United States and around the world. Experts are also available to discuss the public health impact, decision-making and emergency response and parenting during the pandemic.

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