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Mar 18, 2018

"The greatest peril of misplaced worry is that in keeping us constantly tensed against an imagined catastrophe, it prevents us from fully living. " --Seneca

Seneca on the Antidote to Anxiety

With elegant rhetoric the great first-century Roman philosopher Seneca examines worry, both real and imaginary, and the mental discipline of overcoming fear. In Letters from a Stoic, he points out to a young friend that, "Some things torment us more than they ought; some torment us before they ought; and some torment us when they ought not to torment us at all. We are in the habit of exaggerating, or imagining, or anticipating, sorrow."

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How often do you foresee and fear darker outcomes when a more positive attitude could possibly influence the future event? Seneca reminds us of the self-defeating and wearying human habit of bracing ourselves for an imaginary disaster that may never happen.





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