Bernard Rimé, professor emeritus of social psychology at UCLouvain, was the guest of the Grand Oral RTBF / Le Soir this Saturday, March 27 on La Première. According to him, history has proven to us in a crisis that it is better to have leaders imbued with quiet strength as guides.
” Winston Churchill, in all situations, displayed a position of strength. A benevolent force, which allowed the population to rely on this character and say to themselves: ‘We have a guide’. In this regard, I think the model of authority with quiet strength is preferable to that of humility. “.
This quiet force that would allow more unity among the population. A unity which would be all the more essential in these times of crisis, for this professor in psychology. ” We know and we know the effects that the unification of a population has on the members of that population. We know how much that gives you self-confidence. We know how much this raises positive affects, positive emotions. We know how much more resilient people are “. A unit that would be highly recommended by many experts.
How to get through this pandemic
When asked how we can psychologically get through this pandemic, Bernard Rimé tells us that we have rails, guides, which allow us to hold out on a daily basis. ” These rails are our bonds of attachment, our close social contacts. These are also our occupations, our work, through which we enrich ourselves, we gain self-confidence. These are sports, outdoor activities. It’s culture, too “.
To retrieve these guides, he says we have to take care of us on an individual level. On a physical level, to begin with. ” The first step is to ensure a healthy existence. Second, on a personal level, develop and nurture meaningful activities. Let it be a hobby, a passion. Third, from the interpersonal point of view, we must continue to ensure these exchanges which give the attachment contact with close people, even by telephone, or in writing. On the emotional level, maintain positive affects. Maintain the things that give us well-being “. Bernard Rimé does not hesitate to insist on the importance of moving. If you cannot travel normally, why not visit our flat country.
The forgotten people of the health crisis
Finally, for this professor having lived more than 60 years among the students, the latter are the great forgotten ones of this health crisis. ” Their situation, I found it catastrophic. At first, they were told that they were not directly affected by the virus, that they just had to watch out for the older ones, making them believe that everything was fine. So they didn’t care, and we blamed them “.
According to him, these students are affected from all sides. ” They have lost their jobs, they are in dire financial straits, and they are on the front lines for future unemployment. They have their social life which is completely sacrificed. They also have difficulties in their studies, they are exposed to great difficulties in attention, concentration “.