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Worry and bad problem-solving

Worry is an attempt to mentally problem-solve something that either isn’t really a problem or isn’t a problem that’s solvable.

And while problem solving is typically helpful in our lives, worry is just a waste of time and energy if we know it can’t actually produce any results.

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... is an attempt to mentally problem-solve something that either isn’t really a problem or isn’t a problem that’s solvable.

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