An upcoming dental appointment can be terrifying. Soterrifying, in fact, the fear of future pain can be a worse experience than theactual pain during the procedure. So finds a study in the journal PLOSComputational Biology.
Volunteers had to choose a date on which they would havehypothetical, painful dental work, and choose another date to get a realelectric shock. Most subjects strongly preferred to schedule the pain as soonas possible—they felt that the dread of waiting was just too much to endure.They did not want to wait even though they were told that the shocks would beless intense if they put them off. The minority of participants who did chooseto delay their pain thought that doing so would reduce their immediate anxiety,which is the same motivation for those who wanted to get the pain over withsooner.
However, the delaying group suffered increasing levels ofanxiety as time wore on. So, when you have the freedom to choose, the beststrategy appears to be to rip off the band-aid, fast. Never dread til tomorrowwhat you can suffer through today.
upcoming ['ʌp,kʌmiŋ] adj. 即将来临的
procedure [prə'si:dʒə]n. 程序，手续;步骤
hypothetical [,haipəu'θetikəl] adj. 假设的;爱猜想的
schedule ['ʃədju:əl] vt. 安排，计划dread [dred] n. 恐惧;可怕的人(或物)
endure [in'djuə] vi.忍耐;持续
intense [in'tens] adj. 强烈的;紧张的
delay [di'lei] vt. 延期;耽搁
anxiety [æŋ'zaiəti] n. 焦虑;渴望
motivation [,məuti'veiʃən]n. 动机;积极性
strategy ['strætidʒi] n. 战略，策略
He was caught ripping off books from the library.那个家伙在图书馆偷书时被抓住了。
2.tear off with an effort用力撕掉He ripped the paper off.他用力把纸撕掉。
I don't shop at that small store any more;they'reknown for ripping off the customers whenever they get a chance.
【rip the band-aid off】这句话字面意思是"把创可贴撕掉"，