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Feeling disoriented by the election, pandemic and everything else?

Francisco Gallegos, Wake Forest University and Carlos Alberto Sánchez, San José State University

It's called 'zozobra,' and Mexican philosophers have some advice.

Ever had the feeling that you can’t make sense of what’s happening? One moment everything seems normal, then suddenly the frame shifts to reveal a world on fire, struggling with pandemic, recession, climate change and political upheaval. That’s “zozobra,” the peculiar form of anxiety that comes from being unable to settle into a single point of view, leaving you with questions like: Is it a lovely spring day, or an ...

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