Antidote to worry
Here’s a good reason to stop fretting over worst-case scenarios: A new study published in the journal Cognition and Emotion reveals you’re emotionally stronger than you think. Subjects predicted how well they’d cope with bombing a test, then took an exam that was secretly rigged so everyone would fail. Researchers then analyzed how people handled the letdown. Surprisingly, participants managed the negative fallout much better than they expected, drawing on inner resources to self-soothe and bounce back. Why? Because of a mental quirk called the “intensity bias,” failure is much scarier in our imagination than in reality.