Why the Last Stretch of a Wait Feels the Longest: Impatience Explained

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On “Psychology Behind the Headlines,” hosts Jessica Reyes, Patricia Wu, and guest therapist Ryan Heapy discuss a why impatience grows as we get closer to a goal or event.

The thrill of anticipation

Positive events can fuel impatience too! Our desire for a good outcome can make the final stretch of waiting difficult.

Closure is key

According to the study, our brains crave closure. The nearer the end of a wait, the stronger the desire to complete the task.

Not all waits are equal

We don’t feel the same impatience when anticipating something less desirable, like a deadline or test.

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