I just played tennis with a man who stands too close to the net and I kept lobbing him and he would curse each time. It made me think of the quote: “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.” We have all heard that quote at one time or another, but it’s not clear who said it. Anyway, it’s wrong. Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result is the definition of a repetition compulsion and it’s much more common than insanity. But it does cause us a lot of grief—more in life than in tennis.
For more discussion of this problem you might want to check out my article on thirdAge by CLICKING HERE or the image above.