Being Wary of Our Expectations

Do our expectations know the territory?
by Alison Bonds Shapiro, M.B.A. in Healing Into Possibility
Originally published online by Psychology Today on 10/4/2012


Expectations are part of everything we do. We put gas in the car and we expect the gas pump to behave more or less the same way each time we use it.

We go to the ATM and expect that, if we have cash in our account and follow the ATM machine’s instructions (sometimes a challenge), money will come out of the slot. Expectations organize our lives, help us forecast likely outcomes and prioritize and budget our time and resources. We all have a basket full. We use them to determine what we expect of the world, of other people and of ourselves.

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