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  • Issue 36

Known Unknowns

How to make no news good news.
Words by Bella Gladman. Photograph by Pascal Silvain.

Waiting for news—be it medical test results, exam grades or the outcome of a job interview—can be agonizing. Kate Sweeny is a professor of psychology at the University of California, Riverside, and one of her research topics is the mental impact of waiting for news: why it’s so distressing, whether anticipation serves a purpose and what we can do to make the waiting period more bearable. Sweeny’s advice is to distract yourself, stay grounded in the present moment and, above


This story is from Kinfolk Issue Thirty-six

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