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Giving Up!

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Is there anyone, in one situation or another, who has not given up? The words used may be different: “I just give up,” “I give this up,” or “I surrender.” There may be different idioms: raise the white flag, throw in the towel, lay down one’s arms, or pack it in. The body may have different physical expressions: lifting one’s hands to the sky, dropping one’s head down, shouting or whispering, crying or staring blankly.

Is there anyone who does not have a story of giving up, with some action taken or some feeling of regret or relief afterwards? What is the difference among give up, give in, give over, and give out? The variations imply there are different directions to give. To give down is mostly ambiguous except for what a cow does with her milk!

It appears many suggested restraints to giving up assume it is due to a negative mindset that needs to be corrected with motivation and persistence. It’s easy to find reaffirming, even humorous, quotes, such as this one by Mark Twain: “Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know because I’ve done it thousands of times”(Goodreads Site). It’s easy to find books about giving up, such as the over 6000 listed on Amazon alone. Some books encourage not giving up, others suggest when giving up is the best solution. This site, Psychology Today, offers an........

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