Jodie Cook

December 2, 2021

The mushroom effect

The mushroom effect is where, in the absence of big problems, small problems appear bigger. 

It’s molehills dressed as mountains. It’s the phenomena of needing something to worry about and inventing issues.
 
Perhaps our minds feel uneasy without fear. We’re so used to low level anxiety that when it’s missing we believe it’s cause for concern. 
 
We invent problems because we don’t know how to operate without them. We believe things can be too good to be true. 
 
Most of the time, nothing is actually wrong. Sometimes we can just smile and accept the normal fluctuations of daily live without creating a narrative around them and what they might mean. 
 
At the end of the day, it is what it is. Recognise when the mushroom effect creeps into view.