(RNS) — Robert J. Wicks, a psychologist and professor emeritus at Loyola University Maryland, is an expert on resilience, self-care and the prevention of secondary stress — the pressures we experience when reaching out to others. His book “Perspective: The Calm within the Storm” addresses how both first-responders and the general public can deal with these topics. As the COVID-19 crisis strains our ability to overcome anxiety and grief, we reached out to Wicks for some much-needed context.
This email interview with Wicks has been edited for clarity and length.
The uncertainty of this pandemic is medical, economic and emotional. What do you mean by perspective and how do we keep it?
A healthy perspective is a portal to resilience. That is, it helps us