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Stress Mastery: The Art of Coping Gracefully by Ph.D. LAUREL BRUCATO, Ph.D. DOMINIC BRUCATO, Ph.D. JUAN R. ABASCAL

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The Map Is Not the Territory

We offer a final word on perception. Remember, your perceptions of reality are just that: your perceptions. Your perceptions are colored by your beliefs, expectations, biases, and so on, and that is true for all of us. That is why eyewitness accounts of crimes or car accidents are often so different from one another. Your perceptions are like maps you use to get around in your world. Remember that a map is not the territory. It is just one representation of a territory. And some maps are more useful than others, depending on the circumstances. If you want to drive from Atlanta to Washington, D.C., you will need a good road map. A topographical map of the southeastern United States will be useless. On the other hand, ...

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