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What Are The Chances Of That Happening? Part 3

A great comment on how easily our judgements of risk are influenced:

“No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear … To make anything very terrible, obscurity seems in general to be necessary. When we know the full extent of any danger, when we can accustom our eyes to it, a great deal of the apprehension vanishes. Every one will be sensible of this, who considers how greatly night adds to our dread, in all cases of danger, and how much the notions of ghosts and goblins, of which none can form clear ideas, affect minds which give credit to the popular tales concerning such sorts of beings.”

Edmund Burke

Fear is a key trigger of our smaller brain and this part of our brain is bad at making decisions. So, next time you are faces with a scary decision and your adrenalin is pumping, don’t make it. Take a break.

It can take up to 15 minutes for a strong emotion to dissipate. So go for a walk and come back and make that decision with a cool rational mind.



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