An­ti­dote to worry

First For Women - - Insight -

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.

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