The Perils of Wishful Thinking

Anxiety over hardship or stress fuel false hope, leading to bad decisions in health, finances and relationships

Robert Roy Britt
Wise & Well
Published in
6 min readApr 8, 2024

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While driving through the Sierra Nevada mountains last summer, my Jeep started making a strange whistling noise. I was concerned, but optimistic I’d make it home. Upon return, I researched the possible causes and eventually took the Jeep to a mechanic, hoping the problem was not serious. He couldn’t figure it out. My optimism and hope turned into the illogical next state of mind: wishful…

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Robert Roy Britt
Wise & Well

Editor of Aha! and Wise & Well on Medium + the Writer's Guide at writersguide.substack.com. Author of Make Sleep Your Superpower: amazon.com/dp/B0BJBYFQCB