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Realistic expectations

Anxiety is often caused by our own expectations. For example, we may expect a road to be smooth, but driving into a pothole may cause great anxiety. The anxiety is caused by the expectation of a good road when it doesn't fit the facts.

To overcome unrealistic expectations, we can adjust old expectations for new information.

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To make sense of the world, our brain makes neural pathways from its past experience. These pathways allow us to become efficient and not doubt every move we make.

However, when we need to update our expectations to a new reality, our brain has to create new pathways....

We prefer to hold on to old experiences. It helps us make sense of the world: It protects us from touching a fire or eating poison berries. But when the expectations cause anxiety, we can adjust them.

If you get what you expect, your brain releases a bit of dopamine and moves on. I...

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