Non-linearity in reflection

The problem with self-reflection is that it’s a non-linear system. Under certain conditions, the smallest kernel of anxiety grows exponentially because we feel anxiety about having anxiety. And the smaller the original anxiety—that is, the more trite the original problem—the more ashamed and embarrassed we are for even feeling it in the first place, and the greater the rate at which the original minor anxiety morphs into a generalized neurosis.

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Murphy, Justin. 2013. "Non-linearity in reflection," (December 14, 2018).