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Moving Away from Shaming during Covid-19

Dr Angelica Attard, Clinical Psychologist | May 2020

Have you ever felt frustrated, or even very frustrated, when you thought that someone was not following the Covid-19 isolation and distancing rules? I definitely have! I am afraid that Covid-19 is going to hit me next and I do not want all my distancing efforts to go to waste.

In many countries police are roaming the streets checking that people are abiding by the rules. However, when people start 'policing' each other, and doing so in a shaming way (see links to news articles below), where is the line and how do we draw it? It is a tricky balance, for which I don't have all the ans...

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