You Don’t Have to Feel Hopeful

A therapist’s advice for how to stop spiraling in times of crisis

Kathleen Smith
Forge

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In a news cycle that seems to get darker by the day, hope — for a safe and effective Covid-19 vaccine, a smoothly run election, a functioning democracy, a widespread embrace of science — can seem naive at best, downright foolish at worst. Bracing for the worst can feel like the safest way to stop…

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Kathleen Smith
Forge

Kathleen Smith is a therapist and author of the books Everything Isn’t Terrible and True to You. She writes about anxiety, relationships, and Bowen theory.