When Could Be Worse Makes Things Worse

I’m not a fan of the whole “It could be worse” advice, proffered to the distressed and frustrated in need of assistance like lollies handed to kids after a visit to the dentist for their ‘bravery’.

Not a fan at all.

It’s not just that thing where saying things could be worse to someone who is having a shit time of things, or dealing with some stressful crap is no different from telling someone who is happy, excited or overjoyed that they can’t be happy, excited or joyful because

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