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Anger, blame and bad behaviour fade if we refuse to spread them like an online virus

Sarah Carey


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A mural outside a boarded-up shop in Dublin city centre. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins.

A mural outside a boarded-up shop in Dublin city centre. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins.

Collins Dublin, Gareth Chaney

A mural outside a boarded-up shop in Dublin city centre. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins.

The mindfulness people say there are two aspects to every experience. There’s the experience itself: being sick; missing the bus; losing your glasses. Then there’s the narrative we add on to that. “Why me?” “I’m so stupid.” “It’s not fair.”

The story we tell ourselves turns a transient irritation into suffering.

The Covid-19 Level 5 plateau of cases is frustrating. The blame-storming that follows adds anger, which is far more unpleasant.


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