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When You Can’t Seem To Make Up Your Mind


Tax (Photo credit: 401(K) 2012)

When you have mixed feelings about doing something, you almost always vacillate between wanting to do something and not wanting to do something.  What happens is that often the farther away you are from something, the more desirable it seems and the closer you are to something, the less desirable it seems.  This can even be seen in the behavior of experimental rats.  As they approach the desired but feared goal, they begin to slow down while when they were further away from the goal, they went faster.  Take doing your income tax.  You may be motivated to get them done because of the tax refund that you will get.  You know that doing your income tax is a lot of work and potentially involves a lot of frustration. When you get started collecting the needed papers, you may realize that some are missing and have to be found. Finding these papers can be a slow, tedious process which you do not like to do.

Having a baby can also involve mixed feelings.  Little babies are so cute and cuddly and you just can’t wait until you hold yours in your arms.  Then (and especially if you have done this before) the due date gets closer and closer and it soon will be time for the child to be born.  No mother looks forward to the pain and anxiety of childbirth especially if she has done it before. Also childbirth is not something you can back out of at the last minute while with taxes you can apply for more time to get them done.  The only problem is that the longer you put something off, the bigger job it becomes.  Papers get lost or misplaced. Things you need to remember to do the past year’s taxes get forgotten and their place gets taken by new information that you acquire during the current year about the present year’s taxes.

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