According to the media, during the COVID-19 pandemic, many marriages have broken down and the divorce rate has escalated. The question is, “What accounts for the change from a psychological point of view?”
What we need to recognize is that the pandemic is a severe crisis on multiple levels. At once, there was a threat to our lives and our very existence. We lost our freedom, we lost our basic need to be with people and even with the loved ones in our lives. We were suddenly locked in our houses and out of our jobs and daily routines. Economically many people were in crisis due to losing their jobs or the threat of losing them. At once, our entire lives entered a stage of shock. Everything that was once normal became abnormal.