Don’t panic thoughts

What to do when people go into panic. Tell them not to panic, panic?

When strategies backfires

Text and drawing by Frits Ahlefeldt

A few hours after the news of lock down because of a declared both global and national pandemic, people started flooding the supermarkets, hoarding toilet paper, cans, beans and frozen meat

The scenes were bizarre, and the actions extremely contagious. It was like an ancient instinct kicked in…

We were all told not to panic – And it was just what people did, some to grasp as much as they could, other to stop them from doing it.

Drawing of a elderly woman hoarding food and a huge man saying "don't panic" Psychology illustration by Frits Ahlefeldt
Don’t panic is what we are told NOT to do again and again under crises… but is it a good advice?

Keywords: psychology, museum of psychology,

About Museum of Psychology – Visualizing psychology
We understand reality at least through a combination of impressions, metaphors, images, stories and experiences. But also through our dreams, understandings, feelings, music, walk of life, directions, expectations, relations… and much more.

Much of this have in common that we can somehow sketch up maps and drawings of these places, trails and situations. Here on Museum of Psychology I (Frits Ahlefeldt) am drawing up a slowly growing map of our many landscapes of understanding.

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