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Unformatted text preview: every day. Most of the catastrophes they
fear are not probable. Perhaps the ability
to live by laws of probability rather than
possibility is what separates the fearless
from the fearful. What are the odds, then,
that commonly feared events will happen?
The range of probability is wide, but the
odds are usually heavily in our favor. The IRS will audit you this year . . .
1 in 100 You will develop a tooth cavity . . .
1 in 6 You will be killed on your next automobile outing . . . 1 in 4 million You will be murdered this year . . .
1 in 12,000 You will contract AIDS from a blood
transfusion . . . 1 in 100,000 Condom use will eventually fail to prevent pregnancy . . . 1 in 10 You will be killed on your next bus
ride . . . 1 in 500 million You will die in a tsunami . . .
1 in 500,000 An IUD will eventually fail to prevent
pregnancy . . . 1 in 10 You will be hit by a baseball at a major
league game . . . 1 in 300,000 You will be attacked by a shark . . .
1 in 4 million Coitus interruptus will eventually fail to
prevent pregnancy . . . 1 in 5 You will drown in the tub this year . . .
1 in 685,000 You will receive a diagnosis of cancer
this year . . . 1 in 8,000 Your house will have a fire this
year . . . 1 in 200 A woman will develop breast cancer
during her lifetime . . . 1 in 9 You will die as a result of a collision
between an asteroid and the earth . . .
1 in 500,000 Your carton will contain a broken
egg . . . 1 in 10 A piano player will eventually develop
lower back pain . . . 1 in 3 Chapman, 2007; Wells, 2005) and that repeated metaworrying is a powerful predictor of
developing the disorder (Wells & Carter, 1999).
According to another new explanation for generalized anxiety disorder, the intolerance of uncertainty theory, certain individuals believe that any possibility of a negative
event occurring, no matter how slim, means that the event is likely to occur. Given this
intolerance of uncertainty, such persons are inclined to worry and are, in turn, more
prone to develop generalized anxiety disorder (Dugas, Buhr, & Ladouceur, 2004).Think
of when you meet someone you’re attracted to and how you then feel prior to texting
or calling call him or her for the first time—or how you feel while you’re waiting for
that person to contact you for the first time. The worry that you experience in such ComFun6e_Ch04_C!.indd 101 You will die as a result of a lightning
strike . . . 1 in 84,000
(ADAPTED FROM BRITT, 2005) •basic irrational assumptions•The
inaccurate and inappropriate beliefs
held by people with various psychological problems, according to Albert Ellis. 12/10/09 11:16:06 AM ://CHAPTER 4 Oz Company Ltd/The Kobal Collection 102 Fearful delights
Many people enjoy the feeling of fear
as long as it occurs under controlled
circumstances, as when they are safely
watching the tension grow in the hugely
popular series of movies The Grudge
1, 2, and 3. These films, American
remakes of the Japanese movie Ju-on,
have collectively grossed more than
$200 million. instances—the sense o...
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