It is a decision-making tool for risky situations. The main point is that visualizing the worst-case scenarios lets you manage them rationally.
There are 3 stages in fear-setting for any decision:
Stoics preferred to control fears and desires, rather than being their prisoners.
That led them to visualize worst-case scenarios in detail, in order to control them.
We are risk-averse by nature, and we're also imaginative. That gives us the capacity to overthink our fears until they become way worse than truth.
The act of defining fears gets the worst-case scenario on the page. And in most cases, it’s not as bad as we thought, or as likely.
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