In Southeast Asia, population growth and the demand for agricultural land are causing significant changes in biodiversity, resulting in an increasing epidemiological risk. This risk concerns viruses such as coronaviruses, bird flu virus, MERS, USUTU, Zika, dengue and malaria, says Dr. Aneta Afelt from the University of Warsaw.
‘If we are in an environment where certain groups of people are insulted, there is a high probability that we will start using such language ourselves; hate speech is contagious and its consequence is someone's harm,’ says Dr. Michał Bilewicz from the Centre for Research on Prejudice at the University of Warsaw.
In people with misophonia, certain sounds - like munching or stomping - induce strong anger, disgust and anxiety. Aggression is common in children, self-harm in teenagers. 'Misophonia cannot be completely eliminated, but it can be weakened through therapy,’ says psychologist and psychotherapist Dr. Marta Siepsiak from the Faculty of Psychology of the University of Warsaw.