No other time of the year has the potential to create a stronger collision between our expectations and reality than Christmas. This gap brings with it a race to breach the gap. We feel stress as we rush around and work hard not only to finish work for the year but also to have all the right presents and all the food prepared while navigating at times complicated family dynamics.
Imagine that a new drug comes onto the market. It is very addictive, and when scientists research it they find that it causes ‘a misperception of risk, anxiety, lower mood levels, learned helplessness, contempt and hostility towards others and desensitisation’. Would you seek this drug out? Would you avoid it? Should it be legal? Should it be subsidised? The drug is the news.