- When was the last time you went outside of your house?
- What is your favorite outdoor activity?
- terrified /TER-uh-fahyd/
- visualize /VIZH-oo-uh-lahyz/
- anxiety /ang-ZAHY-i-tee /
- compare /kuhm-PAIR/
- socialize /SOH-shuh-lahyz/
[adjective] – very frightened
She is terrified of heights.
[verb] – to form a picture of someone or something in your mind, in order to imagine or remember it
If you are feeling sad, just visualize happy memories.
[noun] – an uncomfortable feeling of nervousness or worry about something that is happening or might happen in the future
I have an exam next week and it is giving me anxiety.
[verb] – to examine or look for the difference between two or more things
The swimming coach spent an hour comparing the two athletes.
[verb] – to spend time when you are not working with friends or with other people in order to enjoy yourself
My brother doesn’t socialize with other people.
The first step of the MAV system is to be aware of what exactly is bothering you, and once you know this, it is time for you to start developing a positive attitude by believing that good things can happen when you leave your house. Bregman suggested imagining the activities you participated in before the pandemic, such as sharing a meal or attending a concert with friends. For the last step, all you need to do is to visualize the goals that you can achieve once you leave your cave. According to Bregman, the sooner you practice this system, the better. He added, “The longer people are in their cave, the harder it is to get out.” Cave syndrome is not an official medical diagnosis. Based on Dr. Alan Teo, an associate professor of psychiatry at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, it is normal and expected of people to be uncomfortable going out in public. The experience people are feeling during the pandemic is anxiety and this does not mean that you have an illness. However, there are times when it becomes serious, so If you aren’t able to leave your house and continue with your daily life, Bregman recommends getting professional help. Comparing yourself to people who are socializing more than you can make you feel bad. Teo recommended comparing yourself to those who are socializing less than you. But he added that you should not feel pressured about what others are doing. There are some people who get tired after a long period of social interaction.
How people interact nowadays has changed. From talking about the weather, conversations may now be about vaccines. According to Teo, it is understandable to be out of practice at social skills as we have spent more time at home for over a year. At the end of the day, what is important is to stay safe and healthy.
- What did Dr. Bregman learn about his patients?
- What does MAV system stand for?
- According to the MAV system, how can you start developing a positive attitude?
- What should a person do if he is unable to leave his house and continue his regular activities?
- How has social interaction changed nowadays?
- When was the last time you shared a meal with a friend?
- Do you know someone who has already been vaccinated?
- What would you do if your friend is experiencing cave syndrome?
- Dr. Teo thinks that we should compare ourselves to people who socialize less. Do you agree with this?
- In your opinion, how can someone avoid having cave syndrome?