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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

What a day for a daydream: Dealing with TSA-related anxiety

If you're like most airline passengers, you probably don't like the idea of posing for nude photos in a full-body scanner or receiving an intimate pat-down from a stranger. So how would you feel if some stuffed-shirt psychologist told you that you could overcome your anxiety by simply imagining you were someplace else? You'd probably feel like it would be adding insult to injury:
Micah R. Sadigh, a psychology professor at Cedar Crest College in Allentown, Pa., notes we might become flustered when we "feel that our rights are infringed upon and ... [by] the fact that we feel pushed around by forces over which we have little or no control."

The antidote, he says, is daydreaming. "It reduces tension and helps us sublimate our frustrations into something very helpful."
In other words, pay no attention to the gloved hand down your pants; just pretend you're in a Calgon commercial.

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