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How to Handle the Beast

The Beast in our lives

The Beast in our lives

The Beast has many forms. The Doom-Anxiety Beast. The Regret Beast, or the Despair Beast.

The Beast has specific characteristics. It erodes your feeling of control and eats away at your ability to function when you least expect it. But it can never entirely take away that last bit of agency. This bit of agency can be used to control the Beast.

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  • Self-loathing
  • Comparing yourself with your peers, leading to envy
  • Loser mentality.
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