Face Masks: The Pro-Social In Action

I remember an American friend of mine showing me a photo like the one below, and commenting that face masks were not very good at stopping you getting infected, especially the simple one shown here. I think he missed the point. Japanese no doubt do sometimes wear face masks for their own benefit, but the main reason they wear them is that they have a cold or infection and don’t want to spread it to other people. Interesting shift of mindset for Westerners perhaps, and maybe time we adopted this habit?

Personal Footnote: I am sick at the moment perhaps from someone who wasn’t Japanese and wasn’t wearing a face mask. I am not going out, but if I did I wish I had a face mask. And this post is also dedicated to Chrissie who first taught me about the ‘pro-social’.

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About creativeconflictwisdom

I spent 32 years in a Fortune Five company working on conflict: organizational, labor relations and senior management. I have consulted in a dozen different business sectors and the US Military. I work with a local environmental non profit. I have written a book on the neuroscience of conflict, and its implications for conflict handling called Creative Conflict Wisdom (forthcoming).
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