Initial trepidation on what would be a strong follow-up to my debut Substack has vanished. The current new round of COVID hysteria over a new variant (#B11529) has solidified my desire to write about processes that may provide insight into the diverse human behavioral and psychological reaction to the pandemic and what this may reveal about individual differences in sensitivity to environmental context. Although my initial thinking tended towards a model of differential susceptibility, I am now inclined to think the classic diathesis-stress model is more explanatory for the marked emergence of anxiety and fear in a distinct class of the population. Feel free to note observations of your own that may inform the piece.
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