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Head To Head Maudsley Debate

Is emotional restraint a healthy response to adversity?

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 05 November 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6607

Beware of Foolishness

The world is full of foolish behavior. No one is immune from being foolish. How can we prevent foolishness? The best way is to avoid addictive substances, because they impair our judgment and make us impulsive. But if we do use addictive substances, we must be on our best behavior, and on guard against faux pas, or worse. Sadly, when it comes to foolishness, society is long on notoriety, but short on sobriety. 

Competing interests: No competing interests

08 November 2014
Hugh Mann
New York, USA