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Your Existential Dread Is Really Just About the Dentist
We all have those moments of dread that come unbidden, mid-granola-bite, seemingly out of nowhere. But what is that internal shudder really about? If you can pinpoint your moments of dread to specific instigators—the upcoming doctor's appointment you just remembered, the community board meeting you really want to skip, the ominous back-to-school commercial on a cheery summer day—then it is a small, fixable dread indeed.