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It’s madness that therapists are cultivating fear about leaving lockdown. Most of us can’t wait to escape our Covid-19 caves

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It seems that the therapy industry is determined to turn lockdown into a permanent lifestyle. Almost daily, we hear of yet another mental health professional warning about the psychological dangers associated with people’s anxieties about returning to normal.

The headline in the New Yorker says it all: “Reopening anxiety: What if we’re scared to go back to normal life?” You might have thought that what many people are most anxious about is the delay in getting back our normal freedoms. Not according to the New Yorker. The article cites numerous experts and therapists, who appear determined to highlight the mental turmoil facing people entering the post-Covid-19 real world.

According to Priya Parker, a so-called ‘conflict resolution facilitator’, “our social muscles have atrophied”. She calls going back to normality the phase of “re-entry”. She adds, “there’s extraordinary anxiety in that phase, and it’s not illogical or irrational anxiety”.

Numerous therapists actually celebrate the aspiration to stay at home and avoid “re-entry”. Arthur Bregman, a psychiatrist from Coral Gables, Florida, invented the term “cave syndrome” to describe our desire........

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