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Future events appear real

by John Vorhaus |  Published: Oct 30, 2009


As you may know, I love to reduce complex concepts to trivial one-liners. “If you can’t be right, be loud,” for example, says everything you really need to know about bluffing, and, “Well, that happens,” compresses to three words a strategy and philosophy for taking bad beats in stride. Sometimes, though, even pithy phrases aren’t sufficiently reductive. Then, you have to go one level deeper, to the land of the acronym. Dutiful readers will recognize such useful mnemonic triggers as ICTAFCOA (increasing commitment to a failing course of action) and DPCH (don’t play crap hands). Now, we come to an acronym for which I can’t take credit, FEAR — future events appear real. This phrase has application in recovery circles, and general psychology, as a device for keeping things in proper perspective. It reminds us that certain fears are phantom fears and can be dismissed. Let us now shift the ...

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