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 Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 37 Such Good News On the success of others. Arts & Culture Issue 34 How to Read the News To wise up, slow down. Arts & Culture Issue 27 Jamieson Webster A conversation with a New York psychoanalyst. Arts & Culture Issue 24 Total Recall Memory is selective, so why is minutiae so important? Arts & Culture Issue 24 Code of Silence Don’t suffer in silence. Own it. Arts & Culture Issue 23 Memory of Color Why is it that humans can perceive a million colors but only remember a fraction of them?