Experts argue that in times of turmoil, people’s values are no longer as rigid, they tend to be loose (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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The persistent threat of car bombs might induce some to stay ensconced indoors, but psychology experts say going out despite the constant threat and even avoiding watching the news is key to leading a normal life under hostile circumstances.According to Ketty Sarouphim, an associate professor of psychology at the Lebanese American University, the only way to avoid the detrimental psychological effects of Lebanon's deteriorating security is by living life as routinely as possible. Most of the attacks have targeted the Beirut southern suburbs and the Bekaa Valley town of Hermel, both associated with Hezbollah.For Ahmad Oueini, an associate professor who teaches in both the psychology and education departments, individuals react differently to the threat of car bombs, and act accordingly to confront the psychological repercussions of the threat.Sarouphim said the constant threat of bomb attacks keeps people fixed on the need to ensure basic security, which prevents many from making higher achievements.Other needs include the need to achieve, the need to love, to be loved and the need for self-esteem, Sarouphim added.Oueini said that one could address the problem of anxiety through what he called "problem-focused coping".
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