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Doing Things Purposely That Make You Feel Uncomfortable

The idea of avoiding learning something because the process of learning is painful is not acceptable in most contexts. A child afraid of going alone to kindergarten is encouraged to go anyway. They are also told, truthfully, that when they get used to going to school, they will no longer be afraid. A child who did not face fear might grow into an adult who still needs a light on in order to fall asleep. This problem is seen not infrequently in people who have other phobias. There’s an underlying principle at work here: The more you experience a situation you think is dangerous—but which is not dangerous—the less afraid you’ll become.

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