Your mind’s primary goal. I highlighted above a very useful observation by Nir that is very hard to really take in and live by. For a long time it was thought that the primary function of the mind was to be a “mirror of nature” in a phrase employed by the late Dick Rorty: To create a flawless representation of the world in the mind. But work in psychology, particularly in the tradition of Freud, has shown that the primary function of our minds is actually to regulate anxiety. Now, most of the time we can manage our anxiety most effectively by accurately representing the world. But not always. And when push comes to shove, and our mind has to choose between anxiety and accuracy, reality often loses.