Right now, as a society, Dr. Huckle thinks we’re in the bargaining stage, which perhaps explains the uptick in rule-breaking (seeing more people than we're 'allowed' to, for instance). I suggest that another reason rule-breaking is on the rise is because we feel we’ve already lost too much and for younger generations
, we’re not so used to things not going our way. "There’s interesting research about what we expect from our life," she says. "Whereas older generations didn’t expect life to be rosy or easy, we’ve got freedoms that are implicit in our lives. COVID has really disrupted our ideas of what life should be like and it’s a huge challenge to our belief and value systems." Broadly speaking, the message that having big enough dreams and working hard enough will open doors for us all has profoundly shaped our increasingly individualistic society in which we believe we deserve, and can access, anything and everything we want. When we can’t, it’s one hell of a nasty shock.