62: Lean Into the Band-Aid

by Max Leibman


How bad could it be? This week on Priority, our hosts explore the worst things that never happened! 

Caitie, in town to work an intense short-term contract, joins Max to discuss how depleted she feels. There’s just one hitch—she actually doesn’t feel half bad! Despite being good at managing her energy and boundaries, Caitie reflects on how often she overestimates how taxing a busy schedule or challenging conversation will be. Max wonders if the key is a loss of perspective, and recounts how he recently caught himself preparing for battles that only existed in his head. 

Humans turn out to be surprisingly bad at affective forecasting, or predicting how we will feel in the future. The Priority team doesn’t arrive at a solution, except to remind us to lighten up: it might not be as bad as we expect.  

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A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare | Script at MIT

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Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert | Amazon

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Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead  by Sheryl Sandberg | Amazon

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"The Sportswriting Machine" by Ian Crouch | The New Yorker

Summify | Wikipedia

The Kentucky Derby is Decadenet and Depraved | Wikipedia