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New Psychological Research

Poleva N.S. COVID-19. Some aspects of everyday life’s frustration

Natalia S. Poleva, Ph.D (Psychology), Psychological Institute of Russian Academy of Education, Moscow, Russia; bld. 9–4, Mokhovaya str., Russia, Moscow, 125009;

This article represents the analysis of the impact caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus pandemic on the daily life routine as well as the existing world environment. The lack of physical space in everyday life naturally became a trigger for digital identity creation and general life digitalisation. The process was accompanied by additional intensity brought by the transition in the main areas of a person’s daily life to the online mode. While being in self-isolation, a person is physically detached from others. Fortunately, with the development of the internet and digital technologies, it became possible for the individual to stay connected with others and the whole globe. The total uncertainty during the period of lockdown and self-isolation significantly narrows, or in other words, “disintegrates” the usual ability to make plans. Such uncertainty contributes to the development of anxiety and neuroticism, the growth of individual and group precariousness. The changes that are brought by the pandemic lead not only to the breaking, however, also to the destruction of the grid of coordinates in the usual picture of the world. As a result, it creates certain psychological issues for a person in self-isolation. The transformation brought by the pandemic on daily life is accompanied by a violation of the usual lifestyle chronotype, cardinal changes in the routine, the construction of a new style or way of life as a whole, which in the long run is intended to become the new normal. Changes and transformation of everyday life are associated with the processes of re-forming and re-structuring the daily activities. Adaptation and self-development strategies are emerging as possible coping mechanisms for daily frustration. The emotional experience of the breakdown of usual routine creates the need and possibility of altering and creating a new way of life, constructing one’s subjective-personal harmonious combination of space and time in the psychological chronotype. Such experiences contribute to the formation of new ideas about life and solid self-images for the new everyday life.

Key words: frustration of everyday life, chronotope of everyday life, digital everyday life, picture of the world

For citation: Poleva, N.S. (2021). COVID-19. Some aspects of everyday life’s frustration. New Psychological Research, No. 2, pp. 84–99, DOI: 10.51217/npsyresearch_2021_01_02_05


The study was supported by the Russian Foundation of Basic Research, project 20-013-00075\20 «Person in everyday life: psychological phenomenology and determinates».


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keywords: фрустрация повседневности, хронотоп повседневности, цифровая повседневность, картина мира frustration of everyday life, chronotope of everyday life, digital everyday life, picture of the world

received 22 June 2021

published 22 June 2021

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