Mental Health

Does Your Brain Type Affect How You Cope With The Pandemic?

Returning to everyday life, more precisely a pre-pandemic life can be challenging for many. As one navigates the transition, understanding the brain type and its connection to happiness can help in accepting how you return to the world. Several psychiatrists across the world believe that the pandemic has devastated brains. Apart from that a COVID-19 infection impacts the brain negatively. In addition, chronic stress inducers such as alcohol, marijuana, drugs, obesity, etc. damages the brain.

After studying approximately 2,00,000 brain scans of people, five different types of brains were discovered. They are balanced, spontaneous, persistent, sensitive, and cautious. A person’s brain type influences how they deal with the pandemic and manage it in post-pandemic time. The different types of brain types are:-

1. Balanced brain

People with balanced brains tend to navigate life in an organized way. Some of their traits are:-

  • Focus
  • Flexibility
  • Positivity
  • Resilience
  • Good impulse control
  • Emotional stability

During stressful conditions, they tend to be okay as they are flexible and can roll with the stress. They listen to the government, are cautious and can sleep. People with this brain type tend to come out of the pandemic without much harm to their mental health.

2. Spontaneous brain

People with spontaneous brain types tend to enjoy doing new things. Their traits include:-

  • Spontaneity
  • Risk-taking
  • Creative thinking
  • Curiosity
  • Varied range of interests
  • Short attention span
  • Impulsive brain
  • Restlessness
  • Disorganization
  • Tendency toward ADHD

Shifting to life with a spontaneous brain requires working on impulsivity and decision-making. Therefore, setting a goal becomes crucial for these people.

3. Persistent brain

Persistent brain types like to get up in the morning and tackle their day, but their persistence can work against them too. A few examples of their traits are:-

  • Persistence
  • Strong will
  • Making a routine
  • Inflexibility
  • Resentment
  • Argumentative

People with persistent brain types suffered the most during the pandemic as routines were broken and life was unpredictable. Returning to everyday life is hard for this group.

4. Sensitive brain

Those with a sensitive brain type have the following traits:-

  • Sensitivity
  • Deep feelings
  • Empathy
  • Mood variability
  • Depression
  • Loss of negative thoughts.

They love connection and can not stay isolated.

5. Cautious brain

People with cautious brains love security. They exhibit the following traits:-

  • Preparation
  • Risk aversion
  • Motivation
  • Reserve
  • Busy-mindedness
  • Difficulty in relaxing
  • Anxiety

As the anxiety carries on in the post-pandemic new everyday world, a cautious type may start planning for the next pandemic by planning like stocking up on toilet paper.

Conclusion

No matter where you fall on the personality scale, gaining the ability to go with the flow or be flexible with the changes is ideal.

Author

Tuhina Mishra

Dr. Tuhina Mishra completed her MBBS from Grant Government Medical College in the year 2021. She has published several research papers in Indian and international journals. Tuhina is a recipient of the ICMR-STS award in the year 2019. She is a staunch believer in making research an integral part of the medical curriculum. She has volunteered in several NGOs, healthcare startups, and awareness programs.

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