VAT: Mitigating Problems

Anticipating a problem lessens its consequences.

When we envision problematic events, we can adjust to them before they arrive in full force; mitigating their consequences. When a problem first appears, we can more easily see it if we previously imagined it. In turn, as problems initially unfold slowly and then suddenly, when we identify problems unfolding slowly we can to some extent get out of their harm’s way before they unfold suddenly.

Many of us fear envisioning potential problems and their consequences as doing so makes us anxious; thus we suffer the consequences of our blinding fears.