Cover Photo: image via Quinn Dombrowski/flickr
image via Quinn Dombrowski/flickr

Is Your Streak About to End? The False Belief That Can Drive Both Gambling and Anxiety

Many of us subconsciously believe there is only so much good allotted to us—so, when something good happens, watch out.

This is DATA, a monthly column by Angela Chen on numbers, nerdery, and what it means to live an evidence-based life.

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Angela Chen is a science journalist at The Verge. Her reporting and essays have also been published  in The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The Atlantic,  Paris Review, Aeon Magazine, Pacific Standard, Smithsonian,  Hazlitt, Electric Literature, and more. She is on Twitter: @chengela