Did the COVID-19 Pandemic Lead to Changes in Our Personality Traits?
Most of the time, personality changes are caused by an event that is traumatic. In our case, the COVID-19 pandemic did trigger some changes. But these changes were not immediate. It took about a decade for these changes to appear. The changes were most pronounced in adults under thirty, who showed a significant decline in conscientiousness, while the decrease in extraversion was pronounced among Hispanic/Latino participants.
Increased health concerns for people with pre-existing conditions
The COVID-19 pandemic is posing additional health concerns for those with pre-existing conditions, including people who have cancer and heart disease. As a result, insurers are making changes to protect people in such situations. In the state of Texas, for example, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas has temporarily waived co-pays for COVID-19 treatment. This new policy applies to in-network facilities and for emergency situations. It is also applicable to individuals in Medicaid and Medicare Supplement plans. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas has also created a dedicated microsite for patients affected by COVID-19.
Increased concern about political measures
The COVID-19 pandemic has raised concern about racial inequities in the United States. For example, Black and Latino populations are more likely to travel to work during lockdowns and have more preexisting health conditions. These systemic issues are connected to housing, health care, employment, and education.
A recent study suggests that individuals experiencing the pandemic showed an increased level of conscientiousness. This trait is linked to better health, longer life, and fewer health problems. This may be because people who are more conscientious may take better care of themselves and others. They may also be more likely to engage in activities that promote healthy aging. However, the researchers warn that the pandemic may not have been the only factor at play. They also conducted the study during a time when social and political divisions were especially high, so it is hard to control for the effects of these events.
Decline in extroversion
Extroversion is linked to a positive outlook on life. Extroverts also tend to cope better with life’s unforeseen events, displaying adaptive strategies. They also have larger networks of friends and social support than introverts. The latter, on the other hand, do not have as many close friends and may struggle to keep relationships.
Decline in openness
A new study by Axios and Ipsos has revealed that the COVID-19 pandemic has reduced Americans’ fears about the virus. The study found that while the fear level remained high in early 2020, it decreased to a manageable level by 2021 or 2022. The study also found that more Americans are venturing out of the house despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
Decline in agreeableness
The COVID-19 pandemic has presented challenges for health communication and public cooperation. In order to effectively deal with pandemics and similar future challenges, it is important to identify key determinants of cooperative behavior. One of these determinants may be gender differences in compliance with preventive health behaviors. These differences may be mediated by personality traits.