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The Nuance

Most Things You Worry About Will Never Actually Happen

Persistent worrying is pointless. Here’s how to stop doing it.

Illustration: Kieran Blakey

InIn his 1915 book Worry and Nervousness, the American surgeon and psychiatrist William Samuel Sadler described worry as an “inability to relax the attention” once it had fastened itself onto a given fear. All people experience…

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Markham Heid

Markham Heid

I write about health, science, and psychology. My work has appeared in Time magazine, the New York Times, Vice, and elsewhere. I live in Germany.