Political and economic instability have forced more than three million Venezuelans to leave in recent years. This week, amidst massive protests, National Assembly leader Juan Guaidó proclaimed himself interim president in defiance of Nicolas Maduro’s government. Numerous nations formally recognized Guaidó’s position, including the United States. In response, relations between Caracas and Washington D.C. are partially severed, Venezuelan military leaders proclaim allegiance to Maduro, Russia warns against intervention and internet access is disrupted.
Negative social mood appears to correlate with a collective increase in discord, fear, depression, malevolence and destructiveness. These manifestations are on full display in Venezuela.
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