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Which do you handle better in your personal life: one big problem or several small ones?

Asked by tedibear (17610points) January 30th, 2014

Currently, I have some small-to-medium issues in my life. None of them qualify as crisis level, but they are annoying and close to constant. I have friends that are dealing with terminally ill family members, major job issues and child custody battles.

While I would prefer to have neither side of this coin, I find that I deal better with one major problem than a bunch of smaller problems. The small ones make me feel like I’m being pecked to death by a duck.

What about you? Which do you handle better?

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Mimishu1995's avatar

Neither. Every problem is annoying to me and I’m not good at solving problem.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

I can handle either pretty much. Although getting pecked to death by a duck sounds like a major pain in the ass.

Cruiser's avatar

I am the proverbial multi-tasker and am expert at shoving smaller problems to the side or delegating others to handle the small stuff while I deal with the bigger problems.

KNOWITALL's avatar

I am a problem solver and always have been. I juggle (don’t say it ucme!) many balls every minute of my life at work and home, and formulate a plan to solve them all, get those plans in process and thus I don’t stress as much as others who just stew on the problems.

Focus, plan and execute = less stress/ more happiness

anniereborn's avatar

I am much better at crises than the smaller ones. Like you said, it feels like being pecked to death.

Blondesjon's avatar

Life is one big problem made up of several small ones.

I approach life with enough flexibility that I often bend but I will never break.

and a few properly administered beers don’t hurt . . .

KNOWITALL's avatar

@Blondesjon Excellent answer!

ibstubro's avatar

I’m a problem solver, and just tackle whatever whatever comes along, as it comes along. I don’t see them as problems so much as challenges to negotiate.

However, like you, @tedibear, I would probably prefer a single crisis. It’s more rewarding to solve.

KaY_Jelly's avatar

I have had many big crisis at one time. Sometimes I am a hero and other times I have had the driver of a the vehicle stop at the side of the road because I couldn’t breath. :/ Yes panic attack, the worse ever.

I think if things either small or big become too overwhelming for me that’s when I sometimes have an issue.

Also I was not on the right amount of drugs at that time.

Usually I can manage crisis. I prefer not to have them though.

Right now I’m managing to not die from the flu. Lol. I want my routine back. 3 days I’ve lost 12 pounds. Am I even making this a dream?

longgone's avatar

I’d rather have the many little problems. When they’re solved, they really are solved. That’s not always the case with bigger ones.

rojo's avatar

Big ones require my attention. I have found that most small problems are not really problems only irritants and that I can ignore them and the vast majority of the time the either solve themselves or are revealed to be non-issues after all.

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