High Anxiety

With our current pandemic related concerns, we seem to have forgotten about other scary things, like terrorism or environmental catastrophe. Should we be concerned by our lack of worry?

We discuss whether we worry about the right things, whether we are worrying less than we used to and whether worry can even be accurately measured. What is the right amount to worry and what is the purpose of worrying? Does it serve a rational function?

Things mentioned in this podcast:

- Personal well-being, according to the ONS
- Ipsos MORI’s ‘issues index’, tracking top concerns over time
- What is cognitive economics
- System 3: Decision making through imagination
- Help to stop worrying

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