If you spend any time at all talking or reading about grief, you soon will be told in no uncertain terms that you absolutely must let your sadness, yearning and other grieving emotions flow freely. If you try to avoid such feelings, you are warned, you will definitely face severe problems down the road. This frightening outcome is usually referred to as “delayed grief.”
As a general rule, when I run across something that everybody believes, I become skeptical. Time and again, I have found that concepts that are uncritically accepted lack supporting evidence and many are, in fact, wrong.
Take identity theft. Many Americans believe it is the nation’s fastest-growing crime. A television news report from 2017 makes that exact claim, and it has plenty of company. However, the number of consumer complaints to the Federal Trade Commission about identity theft actually declined from 2015 to 2016. If it…
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