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The constant threat of disappointment

How Coronavirus has exposed more than our lack of freedom Dealing with rejection, loss and disappointment is a learnable skill. A talent that can be honed with experience — the more painful and intense, the better. More let downs derive better coping mechanisms, so by the time we reach adulthood we should, in theory, have thick enough skin to absorb all but the most tragic of events without stepping more than a couple of paces outside the lanes of life’s motorway. It still hurts to be rejected. And that’s good. None of us want to be soulless cyborgs with muted pain receptors, immune to the hot and cold swings of emotion that make life interesting. When you lose something dear to you, be it a

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