Go for a walk around your neighborhood during the day. Are you constantly stressed, on the lookout for potential danger around you? For many of us (though certainly not all), we can mindlessly walk the sidewalks, daydreaming as we mosey along. Now, move yourself to an unknown city, in the middle of the night. Are you still daydreaming through your walk? Or are you more likely to be hyperaware, eyes darting towards that sound down the alley, experiencing tension as you try to navigate the unfamiliar? Now assume, someone told you it was a ‘dangerous’ area, that you needed to be careful. Your perception changes again. Maybe you are scoping out every stranger who walks by, creating distance between yourself and them.
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