Stress - glass of water analogy

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Stress - glass of water analogy

Post by jennyfrecks » Sat Feb 16, 2013 3:40 pm

Does anyone recognise this analogy that's doing the rounds on Facebook today? I quite liked it and wondered if anyone knew which wise woman it came from?

A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they'd be asked the "half empty or half full" question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: "How heavy is this glass of water?"

Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz.

She replied, "The absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, it's not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my arm. If I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb and paralyzed. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn't change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes." She continued, "The stresses and worries in life are like that glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them a bit longer and they begin to hurt. And if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralyzed – incapable of doing anything."

It’s important to remember to let go of your stresses. As early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down. Don't carry them through the evening and into the night. Remember to put the glass down!

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Post by Borrowed Cone » Sat Feb 16, 2013 3:54 pm

Love it
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Post by eponymous85 » Mon Feb 18, 2013 10:49 am

Have used this before as an analogy for carers who feel guilty having a break. If you don't put it down once in a while, how can you keep holding it?
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Post by Shell » Mon Feb 18, 2013 1:26 pm

i heard this for the first time the other day.... I think it is a great analogy.

thank you for reminding me of it! :)

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Post by pinkaliengoo » Mon Feb 18, 2013 1:54 pm

That's fantastic :)

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Post by AnonymousMouse » Mon Feb 18, 2013 10:04 pm

This is a fantastic analogy - thanks for sharing!

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Post by greendog » Tue Feb 19, 2013 10:10 pm

Fab analogy. I've never heard it but I will def use it in the future!

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Post by astra » Thu Feb 21, 2013 3:08 pm

I like it.
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