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How talking about the coronavirus as an enemy combatant can backfire

From the July 10, 2020 article at The Conversation

“Research shows that military metaphors lead to negative behaviors in other health situations. People may become more likely to take risksovertreat themselves and be less likely to engage in preventive activities. For example, some people may not want to appear afraid of sun exposure, and this can make them less likely to use sunscreen. Others may continue seeking treatments for terminal diseases – despite the debilitating side effects – because they don’t want to be seen as having “given up.”

The way war metaphors emphasize strength can also stigmatize those who do become sick: They’re now seen as weak.”

Read the entire article here

August 13, 2020 - Posted by | Consumer Health, Medical and Health Research News | , ,

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